Benzema unhappy with Real Madrid despite Shakhtar rout

The forward was frustrated by los Blancos’ lack of fluidity in the attacking third, but believes his team have the depth to overcome their latest injury setbacks

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema revealed his disappointment with his side’s performance in their 4-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The French forward scored via a goalkeeping blunder before the floodgates opened in the second half, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a hat-trick.

But Benzema was unsatisfied with his team’s inability to add to their advantage before the break, and bemoaned injuries to Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Gareth Bale.

“The best thing was the victory because in the first half we didn’t have rhythm and I don’t know why,” the 27-year-old told reporters after the match.

“We lost control and we missed a lot of chances. It’s rare and three top players were injured. The important thing is the points.”

Benzema also paid tribute to Ronaldo, whose treble put him three goals clear of Lionel Messi in the competition’s all-time scoring charts.

“For me, Cristiano is one of the best players in the world,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence in myself but the team winning is the most important.

Despite the mounting injuries, Benzema expressed his faith in the depth of Madrid’s squad, saying: “Many good players were injured, but there are sufficient staff to fill these positions.”

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