The striker insists he, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo work hard to track back despite statistics showing they recover the ball less often than Barcelona’s attack
Karim Benzema has leapt to the defence of Real Madrid’s attack after insisting himself, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo don’t shirk their defensive responsibilities.
The Madrid trio, nicknamed the ‘BBC’, will line up together to take on Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening for the first time this season after Bale missed the first Clasico in October through injury.
Statistics show that Barca’s attacking trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have scored one more goal (56) in La Liga this season than the ‘BBC’ – who have 55 strikes between them.
The Catalan club’s trio of stars also recover the ball more often than Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo – once every 32 minutes when compared to every 49 minutes for the ‘BBC’.
But despite those stats, and in response to Neymar’s recent claim that Barca’s attacking players are better than Real’s, Benzema has insisted him and his team-mates are more than just a threat in the final third.
“In the BBC we work together in attack, but we also defend together,” the France striker told Bwin.
“There are good matches in which we score goals, and others in which we do not, but we always defend.”