For his first match in the Blues in five years and eight months, Karim Benzema did not score but created many chances in the match against Wales (3-0) on Wednesday. Above all, he had a lot of fun.
That’s it, Karim Benzema wore the jersey of the France team again for the first time in five and eight months, Wednesday during the friendly match against Wales (3-0). The striker had the opportunity to accompany this return with one or more goals but his penalty was rejected by the opposing goalkeeper, as were two other header attempts as his strike on the post allowed Ousmane Dembélé to score the third goal.
The Madrilenian also had a real influence in the game, especially in the first period. After giving his first impressions on TF1, he returned to this special evening in front of the camera of the France team at greater length.
“I played liberated, like the football I love”
Smiling, relaxed, he did not hide his joy at having finally been able to replay in the selection. What did he feel? “Pride and joy to finally be able to show what I could bring to the field, he enumerated. Tonight, I played liberated, like the football I love.”
He savored the “very good match” of his partners after a week “where we worked well”. He does not let himself be overcome by the frustration of his failures in front of the goal. “I would have liked to score too, but football is like that, he continues. Sometimes you score, others don’t. But the main thing is that we have won. the preparation.”
“I’m super happy to be there, to enjoy”
He takes a positive look at his overall performance and his association with Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann. “I tried to move, to join forces, to shoot, to do what I can do on a field, analyzes the former Lyonnais. It went well, the main thing is that we won with style. It’s been a long time since I played with these players, it feels good and we are going to refine the automatisms in training so that it is even more beautiful and that we can score even more goals . “
He concludes on a final positive note about his state of mind since arriving at Clairefontaine a week ago. “At ease, I’m super happy to be there, to enjoy, day after day and always working, he explains. To be happy because if we are there, we are happy.”