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Ex-Real Madrid star backs goal shy Karim Benzema & Gonzalo Higuain

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Benzema & Higuain struggling for form of late (©GettyImages)
Benzema & Higuain struggling for form of late (©GettyImages) .

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool marksman, Fernando Morientes has expressed his concern for both the talented strikers of the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

He believes that any striker in the world would be given a hard time if they are at a club as big as Real Madrid and are goal shy. The Spaniard came out to defend the criticism surrounding Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema. 

He told reporters: "What worries me above all about this run is the effect it could have on them and on their mind state. 

"I've been in that situation and being singled out isn't nice, but you always get through it in the end.

"At Real Madrid, the number nine is expected to score goals. And sometimes you go through ruts like these, which can be fleeting or drag on and on... It doesn't matter how well you're playing, though, you know full well that at Real, you have to score goals."

He also believes that the two players are going through a rough patch and it will eventually pass. The Madrid legend explained the mindset of a striker out of confidence.

He continued by saying: "They'll break out of this rough patch eventually. When your confidence is low, the goal seems even smaller, the 'keeper looks bigger and you don't try to place your shots as close to the corner to make sure you hit the target. 

"So then it doesn't go in for you, but that's the way streaks work."

The former Spanish international played for Real Madrid for eight years, and alongside Raul was a vital part for the Galacticos. 

 

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