Benzema is Real’s “antidote” against Chelsea? Something sounds wrong. The White Vulture, in any respect, is more appreciated than Chelsea, let alone at this point – the period when The Blues still fell “unknown where the bottom is”. That’s right, in terms of form, reputation and class, Real is completely superior to Chelsea. In addition, Carlo Ancelotti’s army also holds the home field advantage.
However, compared to the past confrontation record, Real has a reason to “feel shy” Chelsea. The representative of the Premier League is considered the quintessence of Los Blancos because in 7 meetings in the European arena, Chelsea only had to receive 1 defeat, that is in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals 2021/22. The rest, the Blues won 4 and drew 2. Besides, Chelsea is also the team with the lowest loss rate against Real Madrid (14%) if placed on the balance with any club that has faced the Spanish team. 5 or more times in the European arena.
Obviously on the books, Real must be very careful with Chelsea. However, the good thing is that in the squad of Los Blancos there is a player who can counter Chelsea, or in other words see the Blues as “delicious”, that is Karim Benzema. Indeed, out of the total of 8 goals Real Madrid have scored against Chelsea, 5 are owned by Benzema.
Look no further, but in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season, the French striker scored 4 goals in 2 matches against the British representative, including a high-class hat-trick in the first leg. Previously, in the semi-finals of the Champions League 2020/21, Benzema also found the Chelsea net once in the first leg, when the two teams drew 1-1. Unfortunately, in the rematch, the defending Golden Ball was silent, only to see Real lose 0-2.
This season, Benzema’s form has not been as explosive as last season, partly due to health problems. However, in important matches, the 35-year-old star always knows how to shine to bring victory to Real Madrid, such as a hat-trick against Barca in the second leg of the semi-final of the House Cup. King on April 5. Calculating, after 32 appearances for Real in all competitions this season, Benzema has pocketed 25 goals and 6 assists – still extremely impressive numbers for a 35-year-old player.
When history does not favor against a cavalry opponent, Real can breathe a sigh of relief because they are in the “antidote” squad named Benzema. As long as the French striker shines, Los Blancos is not afraid of any opponent, not just Chelsea.