The Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has hailed the influence of the manager José Mourinho following the impressive run of form he has shown in the last few seasons. The French striker Karim Benzema was often criticised for not being at his best since his £ 35 million move from Lyon in 2009. However, under the guidance of José Mourinho, he has become one of the best strikers in the Real Madrid squad. He has been able to keep out the Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain on a regular basis. The France striker has said that he owes a lot of his current form to the manager José Mourinho.

Karim Benzema has said that he is someone who has experienced a lot of ups and downs during his Real Madrid career, but has come out stronger in each and every one of them. He has said that the pressure of playing for a club like Real Madrid makes any player stronger. Benzema has also said that the club has forgotten the memories of the painful defeat against Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions league semi-final. Real Madrid were hoping to make it into the final and win the 10th European crown, but they were denied by the German club Bayern Munich.

“The coach made me work a lot on the mental part of my game. I am now stronger in this respect. I have had many ups and downs since I arrived in Madrid, but I am still here. Mourinho is a great coach, and he is supporting me. Pressure has been part of my life since I was at Lyon, though it is more intense here because this is the best club in the world. I do not take the pressure into the game with me, otherwise I would not be able to play at all. I get rid of it by chatting with my little brother,” said Karim Benzema.