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The Blaugrana’s unsettled striker, ‘Samu’, has found support from one of his old team-mates…

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As Barcelona prepare to face Lyon in tonight’s Champions League last 16 clash, one of the Blaugrana’s former players, Ludovic Giuly, has compared the two sides’ key strikers: Samuel Eto’o and Karim Benzema.


The young Benzema has been constantly linked with a move to the Camp Nou to replace the supposedly unsettled Eto’o but ‘Ludo’ has advised the Blaugrana to retain the Cameroonian.

“Eto’o is a much stronger player than Benzema,” he said during an interview with Catalunya Radio. “As a striker, I would stick with Samuel because he is a phenomenon.

“Eto’o is 100 per cent Barca. He is always in form and he scores goal consistently. For that reason, I personally would extend his contract.

“If Barcelona were to sign Benzema from Lyon, they would have to wait at least two years to get the best out of him as it is not easy to adapt quickly to a new environment.

“Perhaps a good solution would be to sign him now and give him a year or two to gain experience. Then deploy him as the first-choice striker,” mused Giuly.

The 32-year-old winger, who is currently with Paris Saint-Germain, then went on to preview Barca’s clash with Lyon tonight at the Stade Gerland.

“Barcelona must come out and attack because Lyon’s defence is not as strong as the other parts of their team.

“In the first leg, maybe the match will end 0-0 or 1-0 [to Barcelona] but at the Camp Nou, I believe Barca will win with ease.

“What’s certain is that Barcelona are the favourites to win the Champions League and even the Primera Division because they currently have a team comparable to the side I played with, which won the double in 2005/06.

“I would even say that this team are stronger and I would put all my money on them to win the double,” he concluded.

The Catalan behemoths suffered only their second league defeat of the season last Saturday when they were humbled 2-1 at home by city-rivals, Espanyol, but they still hold a seven-point lead over their closest challengers, Real Madrid.

KS Leong, Goal.com

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