Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema finally brought an end to his goal drought by scoring in the 5-1 win over FC Basel in the Champions League. The French international has not scored in the last four matches for club and country. His last goal came in the opening league match against Córdoba when his goal earned his team a 2-0 win. It also remains as the only victory that the club has tasted in the league this season. The poor start to the campaign continued after a 2-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid during the weekend. Madrid finally managed to find some form after beating Basel by a convincing score.
After the match, Benzema tried to deflect the situation away from his goal by saying that three points was more important than ending goal drought. Manager Carlo Ancelotti, though, will be worried about his team’s inability to keep a clean sheet against a poor Basel team, who did not have much of the ball throughout the 90 minutes. Real Madrid have now not kept a clean sheet in the last three matches. As a result, the club already find themselves six points behind leaders Barcelona after just three matches in the season. The goal scored by Benzema was a monumental occasion as it also was the club’s 1000th goal in European competitions.
“I’m very happy that I scored, but the win was the most important thing. I think it was a really good match and with a lot of goals too. It has been a slightly difficult week, but getting the win and scoring five goals stands us in good stead. We’ve made a very good start to the Champions League. First match, first victory and it was important to win at home. This victory is good for everyone. Scoring is important, but playing with my team-mates is more important,” said Benzema.