Benzema needs to vent his frustrations against Spain, says former France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet

The two were team-mates at Lyon, and the former PSG shot-stopper urged the Real Madrid man to make an impact against La Roja in the upcoming showdown
Former France international Gregory Coupet has advised Karim Benzema to vent his frustrations on the pitch against Spain in the Euro 2012 quarter-final on Saturday.

Benzema has so far failed to make a goalscoring contribution at the tournament, and his only input thus far has been assisting both goals for Les Bleus in the 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Group D.

Coupet, who retired after being released by Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, played with Benzema from 2005 to 2009 at Lyon, securing four consecutive Ligue 1 titles together.

The 39-year-old was France's No.1 goalkeeper at Euro 2008, a tournament in which Les Bleus finished bottom of a group containing Netherlands, Italy and Romania. Nevertheless, the goalkeeper had some encouraging words of advice for his former team-mate.

"He needs to focus and concentrate to score.  Karim is a scorer. He just had a great season with Real Madrid, where he scored a lot of goals," Coupet told RMC Sport.

"Three games without scoring, it must be hell for him. All this frustration should come out and it will take a lot of heart to perform."

Kick-off at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk is scheduled for 20:45CET.