After Real – Barça (3-2 after) – A masterclass to panic the counters: Karim Benzema, the man of the Clasico

This January 12, 2022 may mark the return with great fanfare of the Clasico. Logically affected by the departure of Leo Messi in the offseason, Barça seemed to find an attractive game and put Real Madrid in difficulty by period. But in the end, it was the Madrilenians who qualified for the final. Thanks to whom ? If we had to distinguish one individuality from the Merengue collective, it would most likely be Karim Benzema.

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Author of a new uppercase performance in a high-end match with an assist and a goal, KB9 not only energized Real’s attacking front by his ball-to-foot quality, but also by his omnipresence in the defensive work. The best example? His work of recovery in the feet of Sergio Busquets before serving Vinicius Junior in the depth for the opener.

« The shoulder is fine, it’s just a hit »

In all the good moves, Benzema offered his 302nd goal in the history of Real, enough to reach six units of the legend Alfredo Di Stéfano and increase his personal statistics a little more in a 2021-2022 season launched on a stratospheric rhythm: 17 goals and 7 assists in twenty La Liga games, 5 goals and an assist in five C1 games… The figures are clear, Benzema is involved in 32 of the 62 goals scored by the White House since the start of the season .

Karim Benzema, hero of Real against Barça in the Spanish Supercup

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Should we be worried about his shoulder injury during the collision with Rodrygo in overtime? A priori, no. « We deserve the win, we’ve been struggling since the first minute, said the person after the final whistle. The shoulder is fine, it’s just a hit.Real Madrid are the best club in the world, but we must continue to maintain this level of demand and stay at this level. It’s normal to be tired after a game like this, we left everything on the pitch. If you let them have the ball, they won’t give it back to you …« 

A first since 2009

Real Madrid achieved a fifth straight Clasico success, the second most successful streak in Los Blancos history after the one between April 1962 and February 1965, where the Madrileños had won seven times in a row. It is also the hundredth victory for Real against Barça in its history and the first time that the two teams face each other outside Spain in the Supercopa. Benzema, he has eleven goals and ten successful assists against FC Barcelona in his professional career. This is the first time in 38 attempts that the « Benz » has managed to combine an assist and goal in the same match against Barça.

Since Sergio Ramos in May 2009, no Real player has managed to achieve such a performance against the nemesis. Finally, the Madrid captain has made five of his last eight assists for his teammate Vinicius. Before this 2021-2022 season, Benzema had never succeeded. « It’s a good fatigue because today, we won, analyze number 9. Now we are in the final.« Always higher, always stronger, Benzema settles among the legends of his sport. And who knows, a victory in the Spanish Supercup would give him more credit for a potential Golden Ball at the end of the year 2022 …

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