Real Madrid's Karim Benzema: It is difficult to operate in a 4-3-3 formation

The France international is of the opinion that the system employed by Jose Mourinho during the loss to Barcelona on Wednesday stifles the impact of their forwards
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema believes that the use of a 4-3-3 formation is unsuited for the club's centre forwards.

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho opted for an attacking triumvirate in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final, but the Frenchman feels the experiment did not come off smoothly up front.

"It's a 4-3-3. Pepe playing in the middle is good, but it is true that the frontmen find it difficult," Benzema said, according to AS. "However, it is something you have to sacrifice."

Benzema then assessed his side's performance during the loss and insisted they are still on equal footing with Barca, regardless of the final outcome.

"We fought well in the first half, but it is a bad defeat - we lost at home, but still showed an intent to win the game," continued the France striker. "Barcelona are a good team, but so are we."

Madrid return to La Liga action with a trip to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.