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Karim Benzema: Why I decided to take a Panenka penalty

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema revealed that his mental confidence was the reason behind his panenka penalty in the first leg 4-3 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League. It was a classic with a number of chances for both sides along with moments of individual brilliance. With the hosts leading 4-2, Aymeric Laporte handled the ball in the penalty box with Benzema calmly scoring with a panenka penalty.

“I always have it in my head that if you don’t take a penalty, you will never miss a penalty. That’s mental confidence and that’s all. I have a lot of confidence in myself… so I do it and it turns out well,” Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema said after scoring the panenka penalty.

“I think he changed because the last two penalties were not good. He tried in training, I didn’t know how he would shoot. He chose this [Panenka] and he did really well, showing strong personality and character. It’s not easy in the semi-final of the Champions League to shoot a penalty like this,” Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said.

“It was a fantastic game for both sides. We did many good things. Unfortunately, we conceded goals and we could not score more,” Man City boss Pep Guardiola said. “We played a fantastic game against an incredible team. The moments where they rise and come back into the game in the first half I think we gave them as our build-up was so nervous. Normally we are so safe and so good. Also, they press really well and are strong. All around the world and for Manchester City, we are so proud. But it is about reaching the final and sometimes football happens. We go to Madrid to try to win the game.”

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