Just before training, Karim Benzema stopped by the Press room. He looked back at the match against Barcelona...he also announced his intention of staying at OL next season...
Alone up front, the OL striker accepted that his task was difficult. « Games like this are difficult to play in when you are all alone up front with guys on the wings doing a lot of defensive work. Me, I like to have the ball at my feet . I’m not the kind of striker who stays in the box waiting for the ball. It’s true that we changed our style of play, but I’m adapting ».
Karim wants to forget but keep the lesson in mind . «I found out that the level at Barcelona is extremely high. I want to work hard to reach that level », before announcing: « I’m going to stay at OL . I still have things to learn and steps to make. I feel good at OL; there are good people around me; I still have time. I could not have told you that I would make my decision after the game against Barcelona. I won’t change my mind, whether we win the L1 or not, it doesn’t depend on the qualification of the National side for the next World Cup either . At 21 years of age, I am still learning. I’m going to get better, I will progress. At OL, I am playing all the time, in big matches, here I get to play in the Champions League ».
Silent since his goal against Nancy, affected by the knock that he took to his thigh against Rennes, Karim obviously wants to score admitting that the title is the most important thing. « We have to realise that the league is very tight and is going to be difficult right to the end. I’m going to give everything I have in order to score goals . I still want to be the top scorer in the L1, but if I’m not and OL win the title then that is just fine with me ».