Karim Benzema has made sense of why he took a penenka penalty in Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final first-leg rout to Manchester City on Tuesday.
Yet again Benzema was breathtaking at the Etihad Stadium, taking a brace in a 4-3 defeat. His initial goal was a natural first-time finish from a Ferland Mendy cross to make it 2-1, and he then slice the shortfall to one goal again with an incredible second half spot kick.
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Speaking at full-time, Benzema explained why he decided to try the cheeky dink.
“I always have it in my head that if you don’t take a penalty, you will never miss a penalty. That’s mental confidence and that’s all. I have a lot of confidence in myself…so I do it and it turns out well,” he explained.
Benzema’s brace took him to 14 goals in this season’s Champions League and 41 strikes in all competitions. His form has fired Real to the top of La Liga and also helped his side progress in Europe despite some underwhelming team performances.
Vinicius Jr, who has shaped a strong partnership with Benzema this season, was full of praise for the Frenchman after the game as well, tipping him to win the Ballon d’Or.
“There are no words that can describe how Benzema plays. He deserves the Ballon d’Or,” he said.
“I hope my brother Benzema ends up winning La Liga, Champions League and Ballon d’Or.”
Former Man Utd and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals his unique tattoo
Jose Mourinho has celebrated his European title treble by getting a remarkable tattoo that no one but he can have.
Mourinho won the Europa Conference League with Roma last season.
Furthermore, his accomplishment with Roma saw Mourinho become the first football manager to secure each of the three European titles including the Champions and Europa League.
The Portuguese tactician lifted the Champions League two times beforehand with Porto and Inter Milan.
He likewise caught the Europa League during his doomed spell as Manchester United‘s bosss, having recently won the Uefa Cup with Porto.
And oneself broadcasted ‘special One’ took his bragging to new heights by crowning the accomplishment with a tattoo consisting of all the trophies along with the clubs he won it with.
The Roma lead trainer disclosed the exceptional design on Instagram, clarifying that no other manager could do as such simultaneously.
He wrote: “This is my tattoo. The joy of the Roman people led me to do it. Then I thought about something special, something that would honour all the clubs where I won European competitions.
“At the same time, I wanted a unique tattoo, one that, so far, I am the only one who can have it.
“Alberto showed me some proposals, I just changed a few details. Here is my tattoo.”
Egypt doctor claims Salah played Champions League final through injury
Egypt national team doctor Mohamed Abou El Ela has uncovered that Mohamed Salah is as yet battling with a physical issue he got a long time before the Champions League final.
“Salah’s injury occurred during the FA Cup final in the adductor muscles, then he played against Wolves and in the Champions League final, and all of this in just 14 days,” the doctor told On Time Sports.
“We read a statistic that he’s the second-highest player in terms of minutes played this season.
“We send and receive players with medical reports, and Liverpool’s said that he had pain and should get an x-ray, there’s not a 100% fit player, but there’s the question of whether he can push himself and play without risk.
“The club thought that one [AFCON qualifying] game is enough and we chose the Guinea game because the second against Ethiopia would be hard for him to travel in a long flight. He couldn’t play another game after three days.”
In fairness, Salah played just close to 30 minutes in both the FA Cup final against Chelsea and in the last Premier League game against Wolves – where he even scored a goal.
In any case, obviously Salah was not at his best toward the finish of the last season, and that injury might’ve had something to do with it.
Source: On Time Sports
Rodrygo reveals how Real Madrid players reacted to Salah’s ‘revenge’ claims
At the point when Liverpool learned they would face Real Madrid in the Champions League last, nobody was more joyful than Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian was very vocal in his longing for ‘revenge’ for the defeat in the 2018 final.
However, Real Madrid won for this present year too, and as indicated by their forward Rodrygo, Salah’s words filled in as an additional piece of inspiration for them.
“When a guy provokes someone, sometimes you just want to win so you can make fun of them. In training [before the CL final] we used to say ‘come Salah, come Salah’… In our head, it was already: ‘We have to win to make fun of Salah’,” Rodrygo has said on Podpah podcast.
“When the Champions League final was over, Modric passed in front of Salah and said ‘next time you try again’,” the Brazilian added.
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