French striker Karim Benzema, who scored within seconds of coming on in Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw against his former club Lyon on Tuesday, still needs to improve, according to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.
“Everyone knows his potential which is impressive. But everyone knows, and he himself knows it, because he is an intelligent boy, that during matches he still needs to improve certain aspects,” he said in an interview with AS.
“He is working to improve. He is going in the right direction,” the Portuguese coach added.
Benzema became the first Real player to score at Lyon in the Champions League, but a late equaliser from Bafetimbi Gomis meant the seven-time French champions preserved their unbeaten record against the the Spanish side.
“I hadn’t dreamed of a better return,” said Benzema.
Nine-time winners Real have fallen at the last 16 stage in each of their last six seasons, and Lyon eliminated Real 2-1 at this stage of the competition last season.