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Benzema reveals frustration at lack of opportunities at Real Madrid

Posted on November 09, 2012 by admin

Towards the end of last season, it seemed as if Karim Benzema had finally won the battle of the strikers at Real Madrid. He was started in the important games, and there were rumours in the summer that Gonzalo Higuain was going to be moving on.

Jose Mourinho rediscovered his faith in Higuain during pre-season, and the Argentinean has been used as the main striker so far this season. French international Benzema has played in just one less game, but many of his outings have been as substitute. He has had just 402 minutes, compared to the 667 of Higuain.

Higuain has torn a hamstring and will be out for around a month, but Benzema is also injured this weekend, so will not be able to take advantage. He is aware that the system used by Mourinho usually requires just one of the two front men, and he does not feel that he has been forgotten but, like all footballers, he wants to play as much as possible.

“Of course I would have liked to play more, but since the beginning of the season I have spent more time on the bench than the pitch.”

Mourinho would love to be able to play Benzema on Sunday against Levante, but he is having to play Ronaldo through the middle out of position. Hopefully, Benzema will be available for the rest of the time that Higuain is out, and he can then prove his worth to Madrid again.

Last season, Higuain made one more league appearance and scored one more goal than Benzema, but in all competitions, the Frenchman scored six more goals in two less games.

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