Karim Benzema overtook compatriot Kylian Mbappe as his hat-trick helped Real Madrid come back to beat PSG in the Champions League but he delivered a message of support for the young striker
Karim Benzema has reassured Kylian Mbappe that time is with him after the PSG game Champions League escaped under the hands of Real Madrid.
Two French players have scored all five goals with two feet, but it is the veteran striker who has the brightest light.
It left Mbappe and the French club licking his wounds as the 23-year-old’s future remains unclear.
His contract expires this summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital as circle Los Blancos.
However, Mbappe was focused on winning Europe’s biggest prize with PSG and he did all he could – scoring at the Parc des Princes before giving the Parisians the lead in Madrid.
Benzema’s second-half hat-trick turned the ball around but speaking after the game, he told RMC Sport: “Kylian was disappointed after the game, that’s normal – he wanted to shine like always But he’s young, he’s got enough time to do it.” .. “
The closest Mbappe came to in his short career was a final defeat in 2020 and he was the subject of a huge bid from Madrid in the summer.
PSG were overturned in the semi-finals last year and now again in this final 16-time clash, with their season now centered around domestic titles.
Benzema’s first goal set the French side on fire as they believed Gianluigi Donnarumma had been fouled in a match-fixing situation.
Mauricio Pochettino said: “Real Madrid’s first goal changed the game. I wonder what VAR was doing because for me there was something else. It’s a shame, when you see the action – then the game changed. change.”
The Argentinian was also asked about Mbappe’s future, but refused to be swayed by the speculation after the loss.
He asserted: “Now is simply indisputable, not the right time. We are really disappointed tonight.”
Meanwhile, Madrid are in high spirits as they seek success in the 14th European Cup, which will further cement their status as the most successful team of the tournament.
Los Blancos look like they are going through with PSG going 1-0 up tonight, taking a two-goal lead, but Benzema insists the team are never prepared to give in.
He said: “I am proud to be the third best goalscorer in Real Madrid history but I won’t stop, I want to score again and again.
“Real Madrid is still alive and we will never give up. We have to say thank you to the Real Madrid fans, tonight they were special.”
Carlo Ancelotti added: “The game changed after our first goal. The atmosphere was key.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/benzema-mbappe-psg-real-madrid-26430498 Karim Benzema sends a message to Kylian Mbappe after knocking PSG out of the Champions League