It’s the morning after the evening earlier than.
Man Metropolis and Actual Madrid produced an all-time basic within the Champions League semi-final first leg on the Etihad on Tuesday night.
The hosts gained 4-3 on the evening however Pep Guardiola will really feel his aspect ought to have booked their place within the ultimate already having been evidently tactically superior.
However that is what the Spanish giants do within the competitors they’ve gained 13 instances – as Zinedine Zidane used to say, they ‘know how to suffer’.
Tuesday evening’s enthralling conflict was like an amplified model of what occurred in Actual Madrid’s final two knockout ties.
Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect have been totally on the backfoot towards PSG and Chelsea however they absorbed what they may and launched devastating counterpunches.
Los Blancos have been on the ropes in the course of the opening exchanges final evening as Metropolis went 2-0 up within the eleventh minute however, as he so typically does today, Karim Benzema transformed a quarter-chance to immediately change the outlook.
Guardiola’s aspect scored 4 targets when all was mentioned and carried out however a Gareth Bale-esque run from Vinicius Junior and an audacious panenka from their in-form No9 means the La Liga champions elect are very a lot nonetheless alive.
Benzema’s brace furthers his declare for the Ballon d’Or, a marketing campaign that grows more and more convincing by the day.
The 34-year-old is undoubtedly one of many world’s finest gamers proper now however what does the most effective season of his prestigious profession seem like by way of the prism of Dream Team?
Utilizing our rankings suppliers WhoScored’s treasure trove of statistics, we’re capable of calculate what number of factors Benzema would have amassed at this stage if all his fixtures have been eligible.
First issues first, the Frenchman has scored 41 targets in all competitions this time period – that accounts for 205 factors proper off the bat.
However, 9 of his targets have are available in hat-tricks – two within the Champions League – incomes him an additional 15 factors.
Naturally, such a prolific goalscorer has earned WhoScored’s highest match score often, the equal of a Star Man award.
Tuesday evening’s exhibiting would have earned Benzema his twelfth Star Man gong of the season, which might quantity to a different 60 factors.
For comparability, Dream Team’s precise chief Harry Kane (£7.4m) has been named Star Man 9 instances.
Add in 9 assists and an entire swathe of seven+ rankings (whereas additionally accounting for minus factors incurred by way of yellow playing cards and missed penalties) and we arrive at a grand complete of 372 factors!
To place that mammoth tally into perspective, Mohamed Salah (£7.7m) is presently Dream Team’s real finest performer with 313 factors to his identify.
Sadly, it appears extraordinarily unlikely that Benzema will ever be obtainable for choice in Dream Team’s basic format.
We will solely dream of Karim…