Karim Benzema Needs To Improve - Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho

Mourinho believes that Benzema still has room for improvement...
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insists that striker Karim Benzema needs to improve to fulfil his true potential.

The France international forward has struggled for much of the 2010-11 campaign but he was on target in Madrid's 1-1 draw with Olympique Lyonnais in the first-leg of their last 16 tie in the Champions League this week.

However, Mourinho thinks the 23-year-old Benzema still has room for improvement and told Spanish daily AS, "Everyone knows his potential which is impressive.

"But everyone knows, and he himself knows it, because he is an intelligent boy, that during matches he still needs to improve certain aspects.

"He is working to improve. He is going in the right direction."

Benzema, though, was pleased with his goal against Lyon and, according to Madrid's official website, said, "My goal was important and made me very happy. I was very happy in Lyon and I couldn't celebrate the strike.

"All my team-mates hugged me because the goal gave us the advantage in the tie. I am working to play more. The coach gave me 27 minutes of playing time and I responded on the pitch."

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