Benzema confident of carrying pre-season form into 2011-12 campaign

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has acknowledged his good pre-season form, saying it is down to confidence that he aims to take into 2011-12.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has netted six goals from six appearances during the club’s pre-season – one during the tour of the US, another three in Europe, followed by two in the Spanish side’s 7-1 mauling of Guangzhou Evergrande at the start of the team’s Chinese tour.

Benzema spoke of the form, and the feeling he takes into the new campaign: “I feel better than before, because I have no injuries, and in my third year I have all the confidence of everyone at the club and all my teammates.

“I’m more comfortable with myself and working very hard in training to ensure I perform well – that’s what the Coach wants from me, and is what I’m trying to achieve.”

Benzema has endured a difficult start to his Real Madrid career, struggling to live up to a €35m price tag in 2009-10, before Jose Mourinho’s arrival for 2010-11 saw the youngster initially struggle to break into the starting line-up before Gonzalo Higuain’s long-term injury.

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