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Jose Mourinho praised Karim Benzema and France’s attacking line

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11 Jun 2021
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Jose Mourinho is confident that France will cause all sorts of problems for opposition defences at Euro 2020 due to their front three of Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann.


Praising Karim Benzema

Speaking specifically about Benzema, the new Roma boss highlighted the way in which he links up with teammates and is still at the top of his game at 33. “The best compliment you can give to Karim Benzema is that Cristiano Ronaldo was in love with him at Real Madrid,” Mourinho told the Sun. And for Cristiano to be in love with another attacking player means he does a lot for Cristiano – and he does a lot for every attacking player that plays around him. Karim is probably the only No .9 I know that is not selfish in his game. His vision is amazing, the way he enjoys his football is to play with lots of freedom. I can compare him with Harry Kane also in this sense.


Harry Kane will score lots of goals

Mourinho said that Harry Kane would score more goals, but Karim, as a player, is absolutely amazing and when you look at the French team and you imagine Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe playing with him, I think it can be something great. Mbappe is very, very fast. Griezmann has incredible shooting and he comes behind the striker and in between the lines and Karim, the way he interacts with people is fantastic. “He is very much a team man and a fantastic professional. “Karim is getting older but, at 33, his body looks younger. He rarely gets injuries, although he went off with a knee problem in the midweek friendly against Bulgaria and could be a doubt for France’s opening game against Germany on Tuesday. France did amazingly well without him – they were World Cup winners without him and reached Euro 2016 without him. Now for him to come back, after an absence of six years, must mean he is 100 percent sure it is going to work

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