Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema has explained why he decided to take a Panenka penalty against Manchester City yesterday at the Etihad Stadium.
With the score line at 4-2, Madrid was awarded a penalty when the ball struck Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte arm and Benzema converted the penalty with a cheeky ‘Panenka’ chip down the middle to make the score 4-3 eight minutes from the end.
“I always have it in my head that if you don’t take a penalty, you will never miss a penalty. That’s mental confidence and that’s all. I have a lot of confidence in myself, so I do it and it turns out well.” The French man said.
Benzema, 34, equalled Real Madrid’s legend, Francisco Gento’s record of the number of game played in Real Madrid’s shirt, 600. His brace against the Cityzens took his tally to 41 goals in 41 games this season.
Carlo Ancelotti reacting to Benzema’s penalty said: “I think he changed because the last two penalties were not good. He tried in training, I didn’t know how he would shoot.
He chose this Panenka and he did really well, showing strong personality and character. It’s not easy in the semi-final of the Champions League to shoot a penalty like this.” He said.