El francés Karim Benzema, autor de los tres goles que permitieron este miércoles al Real Madrid eliminar al París Saint Germain y clasificarse para los cuartos de final, ha sido declarado mejor jugador de la semana de la Liga de Campeones.
Benzema remontó el tanto inicial de su compatriota Kylian Mbappe con tres dianas entre los minutos 61 y 78 en medio del delirio del estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
El atacante galo ha superado al polaco Robert Lewandowski, autor de los tres primeros tantos (dos de penalti) del Bayern Múnich frente al Salzburgo, y al eslovaco Milan Skriniar, central del Inter, cuyo equipo ganó a domicilio al Liverpool pero cayó eliminado.
Benzema releva en este honor a su compatriota N’Golo Kante, centrocampista del Chelsea, mientras que Mbappé fue elegido el mejor jugador de la sexta jornada de la fase de grupos y de la primera sesión de la ida de octavos de final.
Real Madrid 3-1 PSG: Player Ratings from a legendary Karim Benzema performance
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. After a masterful performance in a 4-1 win over the weekend against Real Sociedad, including a banger of a goal, Lukita was even better in the Champions League second leg vs. PSG.
Modric is a man for this competition, and the four-time winner was world-class once more. He had four tackles and two clearances on the defensive end with three dribbles completed and an assist on the attacking end.
Without Modric, Real Madrid would not be through. If Benzema was the main hero of the match, then Modric was a close second. I cannot thank this man enough for everything he does for Real Madrid.
CM Toni Kroos
If we are being honest, Toni Kroos should not have started through injury, and that was confirmed when Carlo Ancelotti subbed him out for Eduardo Camavinga before 60 minutes had passed at the Bernabeu.
Kroos was not terrible by any means, as he had four key passes and completed over 96 percent of his passes. Typical, right? But he was in no position to play 90 minutes or control the match. It was a good thing Ancelotti subbed him before fatigue set in.
CM Fede Valverde
Fede Valverde was great in his role, lifting the team with his running and defensive work. The Uruguayan had four tackles and a pair of dribbles completed, proving why he needs to be a bigger part of the lineup going forward. Carlo Ancelotti must trust a man who gives it his all and produces in big games.
After being snubbed against the wishes of virtually all Madridistas, Valverde started in the second leg with Casemiro suspended and delivered the goods. He has changed this team for the better with his pressing and ball-carrying, as we saw in this win at the Bernabeu.
It is hard to give subs high ratings, but Eduardo Camavinga deserves praise. He may be only 19 years old, but this teenage midfielder is already a classy player. As we saw this weekend with his wondergoal, he has the quality to start matches for Real Madrid.
In this one, he came off the bench and changed the game again in the Champions League, just as he once did at San Siro. His passing was classy and is energy infectious.
by Kevin Parvizi