Benzema: “I’m feeling really confident at the moment”

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Real Madrid CF at RCDE Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Karim Benzema is hopeful he will be able to continue his brilliant form for Real Madrid following Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga win at RCD Espanyol.

The French striker scored two first-half goals in Barcelona to hand Real a 3-1 lead heading into the break.

Benzema then had a key impact in Real’s fourth by combining with Lucas Vazquez to set-up substitute Gareth Bale for a 67th-minute goal.

Speaking at the RCDE Stadium afterwards, a clearly pleased Benzema gave his account on Los Blancos’ recent strong progress.

“It was a good game, we played with a lot of intensity, got the goals and played well,” said Benzema on the club website.

“We went out with a real desire to win the game and continue the good run we’re on. It’s nice to see Real Madrid play like that”.

“The team has improved in many aspects, patience, not losing the ball…Football is like that, sometimes it is up and sometimes down.

“Real Madrid always have to show that they are the best. We have to remain hungry and show that we want to win more than anyone in every game”.

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Benzema has now scored three times in his last two games for Real and hopes to continue helping the team this season.

“I want to show a whole range of things with my football and help my teammates to win games,” added the 31-year-old.

“I’ve been here for 10 years now, I know the club and I help my teammates out wherever I can. I’m feeling really confident at the moment”.

As for the pain in his toe, Benzema added:  “I’ve got that issue with my toe and it’s bandaged up but I won’t operate on it at this stage.

“It’s sore but when I’m out on the pitch I only concentrate on my football. I want to score, make assists and win every game”.

The Frenchman, who has managed 15 goals and six assists in 33 appearances for Real across all competitions this term, will now turn his focus to Thursday’s return leg against Girona in their quarter-final Copa del Rey clash.

Santiago Solari’s men hold a 4-2 aggregate lead over Girona with the match to take place at the Estadi Montilivi in Catalonia.