Carlo Ancelotti, the seasoned manager of Real Madrid, has confidently brushed off the idea of urgently signing a new center forward, given the spectacular performance of Karim Benzema.
Even at 35, the French phenomenon keeps lighting up the football field, leaving opponents in the dust.
Aging like a fine wine, Benzema has netted a remarkable 29 goals this season across all competitions. In fact, only Barcelona’s goal machine Robert Lewandowski surpasses him in league goals.
Thanks to Benzema’s European goal tally, Real Madrid has cruised into the Champions League semi-finals.
This awe-inspiring display by Benzema is a continuation of the 2021/22 season, during which he scooped up the Ballon d’Or by a substantial margin after a whopping 44-goal double-winning campaign.
With Benzema in such stellar form, Real Madrid’s top brass, including Ancelotti, remain unconcerned about finding an immediate replacement.
Discussing the possibility of signing a new striker, Ancelotti matter-of-factly stated, “Signing a No. 9 is in the club’s future plans because Karim’s age is what it is.” He added that, with Benzema in such fantastic shape, there was no need to dwell on the matter.
After all, the front line has been performing splendidly, thanks to the combined efforts of Benzema, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr., and Asensio.
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Real Madrid may already have their sights set on young Brazilian prodigy Endrick, who could very well be Benzema’s successor when he joins the Bernabeu on his 18th birthday in 2024, following his historic debut for Palmeiras last year.
Despite their European success, Real Madrid has lagged behind their eternal rivals, Barcelona, in the domestic league. The difference currently stands at a daunting 11 points with just six games remaining, following recent defeats to Girona and Villarreal.
Interestingly, Los Blancos’ troubles haven’t stemmed from their attacking prowess, as they’ve scored a league-high 10 more goals than any other team.
Instead, their defensive frailties have contributed to their struggles, conceding a troubling 30 goals compared to Barcelona’s mere 11.
Real Madrid will look to bounce back as they face off against Real Sociedad in their upcoming Tuesday night showdown.