KANTE HAD A TERRIFIC GAME IN MIDFIELD
N’Golo Kante was awarded man of the match and rightly so. The Frenchman was on top of his game and contributed on equal measure, defensively and offensively. Thomas Tuchel gave him the license to attack the final third and Kante did not disappoint. Whilst going forward, he exploited Marcelo more than once and completed eight dribbles in the game.
In fact, Kante had more dribbles completed alone, than Real’s entire team, which had completed just five. The former Leicester City midfielder’s defensive contributions cannot be understated either. With Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho struggling with Vinicius Junior’s pace, Kante came up big and nullified the Brazilian, whilst also taking care of Toni Kroos.
BENZEMA DELIVERS ON THE BIG STAGE ONCE MORE
Karim Benzema’s 28th goal of the season meant that Real Madrid did not trail before the second leg. The Frenchman now has 71 goals in the Champions League and has joined Raul Gonzalez on the list of all-time top scorers, ranking fourth. It was not surprising to see the 33-year-old step up in a big game yet again, considering how good he has been all season.
Benzema has now scored against Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan, to name a few sides, in 2020/21. He is by far Real Madrid’s most potent source of attacking impulse and will be in line to win individual awards should his team finish the season on a high. All eyes will be on him ahead of the second leg next week.