Why should not he rating 40? – Lopetegui backs Benzema for Pichichi prize

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02 Sep 2018, 04:06 IST
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Actual Madrid striker Karim Benzema

Actual Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui has backed Karim Benzema to problem for the Pichichi prize this season following his explosive begin to 2018-19.

Benzema took his tally to 4 targets in three LaLiga video games with a double in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Leganes on the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 30-year-old, who solely scored 5 instances within the league in the entire of final season, seems to be flourishing in entrance of objective following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

And Lopetegui sees no purpose why the previous Lyon man can not purpose for 30 targets or extra and mount a problem to complete because the division’s prime goalscorer.

“Why not?” Lopetegui stated when requested about Benzema’s possibilities. “Why should not he end with 30 or 40 targets?

“A very powerful factor is the group and targets are the work of the entire group.

“Benzema is a superb participant and at all times has been. What he is doing is credit score to him. He is blissful and helps the group, and it will keep like this.”

Madrid’s win noticed Thibaut Courtois make his debut, the Belgium worldwide having been most well-liked to Keylor Navas, who was named UEFA’s Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season for 2017-18 this week.

Lopetegui says there’s a plan in place for his keepers for the approaching months however refused to state who would be the common primary.

“I did not give any roadmap, however we knew he was going to play this match and I will not say any extra,” Lopetegui stated of Courtois.

“Now we have three nice goalkeepers and we’ll attempt to discover one of the best options. We determined that Courtois would play this time, however we’ve got wonderful choices.

“Keylor Navas is our participant and had an important sport towards Girona, earlier than being named one of the best goalkeeper by UEFA. We’ll see the way it goes, with the choice to be made on the pitch. We do, although, have an concept of what we’ll do.”

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