Who needs Kylian Mbappé, if he has Karim Benzema? With a spectacular hattrick, the captain of Real Madrid has shown the limits of his French national team colleagues and Paris Saint-Germain.
Benzema’s hits (61 minutes, 76., 78) secured real entry into the quarter-finals and provided the renewed king class k.o. From PSG. Mbappé, on the other hand, was the lead for the guests in Madrid after his 1-0 winning hit in Madrid (39.). After the break, Neymar and Lionel Messi barely ran for him.
Nevertheless, Real is likely to continue working on a summer transfer of the 23-year-old Mbappé. What distinguishes a big one, but ultimately made only the more than ten years older Benzema clearly. “I think he just showed how important he is for us. What he brings for qualities is simply unbelievable,” said Real-Defender David Alaba at “Dazn”.
Superlative: 34 years and 80 days was Benzema old when he carried the royal to the quarterfinals with his three-pack – at this age had never succeeded in a player in the premier class. It was already his third Hattrick in Europe’s largest football competition. He is also the first player at all, which has achieved at least one goal in the Champions League in 18 consecutive calendar years (2005 to 2022).
Question mark: For the fourth time, PSG is leaving after a first leg victory in a K.O Round of the King’s Load. What is now from the luxury cabinet financed with Qatar million is open. MBappé will probably change to real in summer, and make Messi and Co. remains to be seen. Also for coach Mauricio Pochettino the pressure is now bigger. The Argentine will have long been associated with a change to Manchester United for a long time.