Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema: We Can Defeat Barcelona & Reach Champions League Final

Frenchman is confident of his team defeating the Catalan giants in their own backyard and progressing further in the competition

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is optimistic of reaching the final of the Champions League despite trailing 2-0 in their semi-final tie against Barcelona.

A second-half brace from Lionel Messi saw Pep Guardiola’s side win the first-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu last week but Benzema refuses to relinquish hope of a comeback at Camp Nou.

"We will attack to score goals,” said the France international striker, according to Madrid’s official website. “I will do so too. We need goals, so we will look for them."

"I hope we win here tomorrow and reach the final. Many things can happen in 90 minutes of football and I hope we win the game. Nothing is set in stone in football and we can end up winning the tie. We will have to defend well in order to score goals. It's important to keep a clean sheet."

Benzema also played down suggestion of a problem between Jose Mourinho and forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who was critical of the coach’s defensive approach in the first-leg.

"I adapt to anything the coach asks of me and I try to do what he wants on the pitch,” enthused the 23-year-old. “So does Cristiano. He is a great player and we need him to score goals. He is very important to us."

He added: "Mourinho is a great coach and I believe he's proved it by winning the Copa del Rey and reaching the Champions League semifinals. I hope we win here tomorrow and reach the final."

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