Carlo Ancelotti praises Karim Benzema

Ancelotti praises Benzema
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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti lavishes praise on Frenchman Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has praised Karim Benzema for his goal-scoring form this season.

The Frenchman was criticised for a perceived lack of effort in the early part of the season, but has since found form for the capital outfit.

"He is confident and is relaxed because he has played a lot of matches and knows that he is an important player for this team," Ancelotti told reporters at a press conference.

The 26-year-old, who joined Los Blancos from Lyon in 2009, has scored 11 league goals this season and 15 in total.

Real Madrid's forward Jese Rodriguez Ruiz celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match Valencia vs Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on December 22, 2013
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