Seaking to the Bwin website, Karim Benzema analysed Real Madrid’s chances ahead of their trip to the Camp Nou on Sunday.
“We know that there’s a lot of pressure, but that’s normal because it’s a huge match. Every player who loves football wants to play in it. We’re going to prepare well for the match, all together, to go to Barcelona and win. We’re only thinking about working hard to win together, as always. If we defend well we can do it”.
“We can repeat the result from the first half of the season. We’re in good shape to win and put in a performance like the one we put in. We’re Real Madrid. To score again like I did in our first meeting of the season, I need a bit of luck and nothing else”.
The BBC “We’re there to work hard for the team. We work together, we defend, we attack… It depends on the match. There are good games in which we score goals, and there are others in which we don’t score, but we always work hard for the team”.
Modric “He’s a great player. When he has the ball he always looks to play forwards. For the forwards, it’s really good to play with a central midfielder like him, because he has a lot of quality with which to make the final pass”.
The return of Ramos “We’re a team, we’ll work together to defend and to stop the Barcelona players. We don’t only have Sergio, but it’s good for the team that he’s going to play”.
Very good, very good. He was a top player and now he’s a good coach, with a lot of experience. He offers the team a lot, he gives us confidence, gives us his ideas on how to play, and that’s all positive for us.
What are you learning from him?
We learn from him everyday, because we know that he was a great player, and that he knows a lot about the game.
How can you keep your good form (of goals) in the Champions?
I’ve got to keep on working hard to help the team. The most important thing is that we get the wins, it’s not all about me scoring. I’m a striker and when I get the chance to score, I will, but the most important thing is that I put in a good performance to help the team and my teammates.
Your next adversaries are Roma
We need to focus on ourselves. If we’re on our game, we’ll win. We need to be wary of the pace of their forwards, who can cause you problems, but we’re Real Madrid, and for me, we’re the best team in the world, and we’ve got the best defenders in the world"
What does it represent for you to be amongst the top scorer in UCL history?
It’s an honour to be amongst the all-time top Champions League goalscorers because there are some of the greatest players and strikers in football who have made their mark on the game, and in this competition, Cristiano, Messi, Raùl, Inzaghi, Henry… It’s also an honour to pull on the Real Madrid shirt. I’m happy and hope to continue to feeling this way
When I was younger, the way he played had an influence on me. For me he’s the best striker and the best player of all time. I watch videos of him, and try to do what he does, but it’s not easy.
The Undécima We’ve lifted the Décima and that was incredible. If we could win the Undécima it would go down in footballing history and the history of Real Madrid.