Mon 20 February 2023 | 21:34

Ancelotti to hand Benzema a starting role against Liverpool

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will make a return to Madrid’s starting lineup as they take on Liverpool at Anfield.

Real Madrid boss confirmed that Los Blancos will have their star striker

Karim Benzema

starting as they head to Anfield for the first leg of their champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool.

Benzema was rested on


’s 2-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday. Despite his absence, Vinicius Junior managed to fill in his shoes, putting a great performance, which has led to Ancelotti backing the Brazilian to do great things at Madrid.

"I see Benzema looking well, tomorrow he will start."

Ancelotti said.

He then went on to talk about his midfield duo of Kroos and Tchouameni who are both injured. The Italian tactician wants other midfielders to step up.

"I'd like to have them,"

he said of the midfield duo.

"It's a forced transition that we didn't want. It doesn't worry me because the feeling we have without them is good. 

"Those who have replaced Toni and Tchouameni have done well and we have confidence in the whole squad.

"Modric didn't have a good time in January but now he's back to his best level and he's going to keep growing. His condition is good and he still wants to play for Madrid."

Ancelotti was then asked whether Vinicius is looking forward to playing in England. The Brazilian has been on great form recently but he has been racially abused on several occasions this season.

"He likes to play anywhere. Vini is handling it well and it doesn't affect his performance on the pitch."

Ancelotti added.

"The issue of racism is very serious and complicated, there is no law that changes a person's head, that is done by culture and common sense.

"I don't blame Spain for this, things like this happen in all countries. The most important thing is respect for people.

"Also, this is a very important match. Right now it's a pleasure to watch Vini, not just for Madrid but for all of football. 

"Everyone likes to see his quality and his talent, like with Pedri, Gavi, [Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling] Haaland... It's a pleasure for football to be able to enjoy this quality."



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