SHEARER BACKS ARSENAL

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has said that the table leaders Arsenal can win the title this time if they managed to get Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the January transfer window. The club frantically tried to bring in a big name striker during the summer. They will include the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, but they managed to get only an attacking midfielder in the form of Mesut Ozil. Still, it is a signing that most clubs will be extremely happy to have at £ 42 million.

Due to the fact that they did not manage to sign striker, all the workload for this campaign has been put on the shoulders of Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has so far responded with aplomb, but there is fear that an injury to the 26-year-old will be catastrophic for Arsenal. They need to strengthen in this position according to Alan Shearer, who won the league title with Blackburn. This is also the opinion of former Arsenal player Nigel Winterburn.

Arsenal even tried to bring in Demba Ba from Chelsea on a loan deal only for Mourinho to stop the deal in the final moment saying that Arsenal have become title contenders following the signing of Ozil.

“We know Arsenal tried to get Demba Ba before they signed Mesut Ozil. Wenger must have realised he needed another forward. When you look at it in the cold light of day – they got caught out. Maybe they felt they could bring in a forward and it didn’t work for them. When you look at it now, Giroud has to stay fit until January. I can’t see any way that they won’t sign somebody else, whether that’s on loan or permanently, in January. Wenger will have to do that,” said Nigel Winterburn about Arsenal’s title chances this campaign.

BENZEMA DELIGHTED

French striker Karim Benzema has said that he is delighted to be working with French legend Zinedine Zidane, who has joined the club as an assistant coach to manager Carlo Ancelotti. The former Chelsea, AC Milan, and PSG manager was appointed as the replacement for José Mourinho. He brought in most of his staff from PSG, but one surprise addition has been former Real Madrid legend Zidane, who has joined the club as part of the coaching staff. He is expected to become a manager in the future, but for now, he will be a part of the coaching team.

Benzema has said that Zidane as someone who he regards as an idol, and he is delighted more than anyone else to be working alongside him. In his playing days, Zidane was regarded as the best midfielder in the last two decades. He represented the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid, while he was also the best player for the French national team bar none. He managed to win several major trophies including the Champions league and la Liga titles in his club career, while he also lifted the World Cup and European championships with the French national team.

Benzema is now entering into his fifth year at the club and hopes to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award one day.

“He’s been my role model since I was a child. He’s a great player. It’s good for the team to have someone like him on the bench. He’s friendly with the players and has a lot of experience. It’s on my mind. Everyday I work to win it. It’s the best club. I came to work and I’m really pleased to be here. The best thing is that I dreamed of it since I was little. Now I’m a footballer and I’m living my dream,” said Benzema.

BENZEMA MOVING ON?

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been linked with a move away from the club after failing to hit the heights of last season in terms of goals. Madrid manager José Mourinho recently said that the lack of support for Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the main reasons for the team not being able to challenge on the domestic front with Barcelona. Ronaldo has more or less managed to score the same number of goals last season, but strikers like Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain have been disappointing in terms of goalscoring records. Despite this, the French international does not want to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

He has said through his agent Karim Djaziri that he intends to stay at the Spanish club. A recent comment by Real Madrid general manager Jose Angel Sanchez appeared to confirm the same. Higuain is expected to be sold in the summer rather than Benzema. The French international is a £ 35 million signing from Lyon. He did not manage to make a huge impact in his first season at the club, but since then he has been one of the best players at the club. The 25-year-old has two more years left on his contract, but it is understood that Madrid are willing to open negotiations.

“In a big club like Real Madrid, it is assumed there is space for two or three high-level No.9s. It was Benzema and Higuain. Higuain will go, Benzema will stay, and two others will arrive. As I have already said on numerous occasions, and I will never get tired of repeating it, my client will not be leaving Madrid. (Jose) Mourinho’s potential departure does not change anything. A transfer is out of the question,” said Benzema’s agent. Thus, he has also dispelled rumours that Benzema will follow Mourinho out of the club.

SEMI FINALS

The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho managed to put behind the disappointing performances in the league campaign to at least qualify for the semi-final of the Copa del Rey after the 2-0 victory over Valencia. Real Madrid have been extremely poor in the league this season, and they have already fallen 15 points behind the leaders Barcelona in the table. There have been a lot of stories of the unrest within the dressing room, but Mourinho has made it clear that he would like to 10th European trophy for the Spanish club before leaving. The return leg between the two clubs will be taking place in a week’s time.

The French striker Karim Benzema opened the scoring after just 37 min on the clock. Karim Benzema was one of the best strikers for the club last season, but he has suffered from a poor run of form this time around. He has managed to score just five goals in 16 appearances for the club in all competitions. As a result, they have been extremely reliant on the goals from the Portuguese attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, which has been one of the reasons for their failing this season. Yet, Benzema demonstrated his importance to the team with the goal. The own goal from Guardado in the second half was enough to seal the victory.

This victory gives Real Madrid a commanding position going into the second leg. They will be having a match against Valencia once again in between. This match will be taking place in the league. Valencia will be looking for an immediate revenge from the match, which will also help their chances of moving up the table. The club are several points away from challenging for the top four position, which will provide Champions league football next season.

BENZEMA RULED OUT

Real Madrid have been struggling in the league this season and they have been dealt another blow with the injury to the star striker Karim Benzema, who will be left out of the squad that will face Espanyol during the weekend. Real Madrid have fallen 11 points behind the leaders Barcelona in the la Liga table, which means that they have started focusing their attention on other cup competitions. Real Madrid have already won the Copa del Rey under the guidance of José Mourinho, but they will face an uphill task in the second leg of the last 16 round against Celta de Vigo after the 1-1 draw.

Even though the second leg is at the Santiago Bernabeu, the last-minute goal from Cristiano Ronaldo will prove to be extremely crucial in a tie. More than the match, the disappointment would be with the injury news for Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has been having a difficult time with injuries this season. This time, he has suffered an ankle injury in the second half. He suffered the injury under contract from no one and this leaves Real Madrid short of players up front for the coming league matches. They will face Espanyol during the weekend. Even though Espanyol are in a bad run of form, they will certainly pose a difficult proposition according to Mourinho.

“I think it was an ankle problem, but I have not thought about it yet. Varane was a champion because he got injured and stayed on the pitch. He did more injured than some who were not injured. He did his work as a centre-forward because he could not sprint and play as a defender. Leaving Morata out was my decision. That is why I am here, to make decisions. Sometimes they go well, sometimes badly,” said Mourinho.

BENZEMA HAILS JOSE

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.

ZIDANE BACKS BENZEMA

The former Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane has said that he is confident that the French international Karim Benzema will fulfil his potential. The former Lyon striker moved to the Santiago Bernabeu a few seasons ago for £ 35 million. He was expected to be part of the best cream of strikers that the club has experienced over the years. However, it has taken him three seasons to settle at the club. Now, he has been showing the kind of form that persuaded Real Madrid to part with £ 35 million. Speaking after the few round of Spanish league matches, the former Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane has said that he is sure that Benzema will become better as the years go by.

Last season was extremely good for Karim Benzema, but he is yet to open his account this season. Despite struggling for form at the start of the new season, Zinedine Zidane is confident that he will come good. He has also said that everyone knows that Karim Benzema is one of the best strikers in the world. Meanwhile, the former midfielder has also said that France should do a lot better than the 1-0 win over Finland if they are to win the World Cup.

“Benzema still has to hit top form and be on top of his game again, but the entire world knows that he is a great player. I just know that it won’t be long before he fulfils his full potential at last, both for Real Madrid and for France. It was a good game for France in my opinion simply because they bagged the full three points. The coach needs a bit of time to find the best solutions for everything,” Zidane stated at a press conference.

MARCELO BACKS BENZEMA

The Brazilian footballer, Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior, has said that his Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema is going through a lean patch at the moment and the team management should back him. As per Marcelo, Benzema has got class and he would not take much time to be back in form again. Benzema has joined the team very late in this season. He was having a bit of break after playing in the Euro Cup 2012. But, after joining the team, he hasn’t been able to show the same kind of spunk which he is known for.

Real Madrid has been doing well in the pre season matches, but, in the match against Benfica, the team’s performance was very poor and the team was defeated by a profound margin of 5-2. After that defeat, Benzema has been criticized a lot for not showing enough enthusiasm on the field. But, Marcelo said that Benzema is that kind of player who always gives his 100% for the team. It is true that he is not playing at his best at the moment, but, his commitment to the team should not be questioned. As per Marcelo, Benzema has played a lot of football in the recent times and he might be a bit tired.

Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009. In the first two seasons, he used to play as the substitute, but, in the last season, he regularly featured in the first team and played as the main striker of the club. Benzema proved his utility in the team and performed consistently in the whole season. Due to his brilliant form, he was included in the French National Football team for the Euro Cup 2012.

Despite the poor performances of Benzema in the pre season matches, there have been speculations that he would continue to play as the main striker of the club in the upcoming season.

BENZEMA WRITES TO REAL

French striker Karim Benzema has written to the Real Madrid squad after being allowed on extended leave following the end of the Euro 2012. The French striker suffered in disappointment in the Euro 2012 in the quarter-final stage after they lost to eventual champions Spain. Despite this, Karim Benzema can from the last season as a very successful one after he lifted the la Liga title with his club team Real Madrid. He will be looking to go one better this time around by winning the Champions League title with his club this season.

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho decided to give Karim Benzema an extended holiday after he was extremely tired following a long and hard season with his club team and the international team. As a result, he was given the permission to not return to training until the 24th of July while his other teammates, who were not involved in international duty, reported on July 16. Almost every player involved in the Euro 2012 have been granted an extended holiday by the Real Madrid manager José Mourinho. He will be hoping that such an important break will play its part in the second half of the campaign when usually tiredness affects the players who took part in the international duty.

Real Madrid will be taking part in the first friendly match of the pre-season when they take on Oviedo on Tuesday. Karim Benzema has also become the surprise transfer target of Premier league club Tottenham. Real Madrid are interested in signing Luka Modric from Tottenham, while the Premier league club are interested in taking the 24-year-old striker to England. After initially struggling to settle with life at the Spanish capital, Karim Benzema has become a major force in recent seasons and it would take a lot of money to prize him away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

FRANCE NEED TO WIN

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has said that France can view the Euro 2012 as a success only if they win the tournament. France will be heading into the tournament not as one of the favourites to win the competition, but it is viewed that it is a tournament for redemption. The national team has not performed up to its standards in the last two major tournaments partly because of the tension within the squad. However, former Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc has been able to unite the squad and the team come into the tournament having been undefeated in the last 21 matches.

The impressive form shown by France ahead of the Euro 2012 has been largely due to the form of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The French striker was criticised a lot after initially not performing well for the Spanish club following his £ 35 million move from Lyon many seasons ago. However, the last two seasons has been a complete turnaround from the Frenchman after he has rediscovered his magic touch and hunger for the game. As a result, he has been able to keep out Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has been brilliant prior to the arrival of José Mourinho.

“To succeed at the Euros we must go to the final and win. But we must be at least pass the first round beginning by winning against England. I don’t know if I am the only world class player in the French team but we are a team. A good group. There is no particular pressure. Everyone waits for me, it’s like that [but] I will continue to be as I am. I don’t know if I am in the form of my life, I am 24 years old, but I feel superb,” Benzema told reporters.