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The 26-year-old has thanked his coach for his impact after a string of fine performances this season and is confident his side can reach the Champions League final

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has highlighted the backing of coach Carlo Ancelotti as a key factor in his impressive 2013-14 campaign so far.

The France international has already 24 goals in all competitions this term - including the winner in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich - and has started more La Liga matches than in any of his previous four seasons at Santiago Bernabeu, forming a fearsome attacking line-up alongside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Benzema claims he has benefited from being a regular starter under Ancelotti and is eager to build on his impressive season to date as he looks to banish the inconsistency which blighted his time under Jose Mourinho.

"To play a lot and feel the confidence of the coach have been two key things for me. The time now is to enjoy this great moment because I am useful to Madrid and I am enjoying my football," the striker told AS.

"We need to go on like this, stringing victories together. Let's play every game as a final and wait for something to stop Atletico."

On the prospect of progressing to the Champions League final, Benzema said Real will travel to Munich full of confidence next Tuesday after their slender first-leg victory.

"It will be a tough game, because at home they play good football and keep possession of the ball.

"But we won the first leg and we go there in good condition. We have people who can score in the Allianz Arena and an away goal is often decisive."

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