We’re not going to lie to each other, we were a little worried about Karim Benzema. After the match against Hungary, we explained to you that he was not succeeding. Six long years of waiting for a goal from the best French striker and nothing came. A missed penalty against Wales, an injury against Bulgaria, an offside goal against Germany and a big missed opportunity against Hungary, that was what was summed up, apart from his brilliant discounts, the return of KB9 .
Suffice to say that he was under pressure against Portugal this Wednesday evening. Yet the pressure, he drank it, like the English and Scottish fans before the confrontation between the two countries a few days ago. He took the ball to score the penalty obtained by Kylian Mbappé and he offered himself a brace at the start of the second period on a love of cross strike that hit the post before finishing in the back of the net.
” I knew when I came back, the critics, it’s part of football. “
Didier Deschamps was happy after the meeting: “ Karim is happy of course, he was looking for that. He hadn’t lost his trust and neither had mine. Good for him tonight “. But the main interested party also attended a post-match press conference and remained calm and measured, thanking the supporters.
” On an individual level, anyway, on the pitch, I stay as focused as possible, I know what to do and what to bring. I set two goals, the most important thing is to win. We drew, we are first and qualified. Everyone was waiting for this goal after six years of waiting and my return. I’m a player who is used to having this pressure. As soon as I scored this goal, we saw the enthusiasm of the supporters and it gave me a lot of strength and allowed me to stay focused and put this second goal back from the locker room. I knew when I came back, the critics, it’s part of football. It’s like that. I never give up. Every time I come home, I want to score and get scored. I train non-stop. The pressure is like that and even today a little more, everyone was waiting for this goal and it motivated me. There is another pressure than in a club since it’s a whole country and that motivates me each time to give a little more », He commented. A good omen before the round of 16 against Switzerland next Monday.