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Benzema lacking confidence, says Ribery

24 March 2013 15:32

France star Franck Ribery believes Karim Benzema's confidence is low as France prepare to face Spain on Tuesday.

The form of the Real Madrid striker has come under intense scrutiny in his homeland, with his goal drought in internationals stretching back to a friendly against Estonia last June, when he scored twice.

Speaking to Telefoot on Sunday, Ribery said his international team-mate was experiencing some doubts over his contribution but is still putting effort in for the team.

"He doubts a little right now but he also works a lot for the team," the 29-year-old said.

"He tries and he needs our supports and the support of the fans."

Ribery also spoke with relish at the prospect of facing Spain, reminiscing about the 2006 World Cup clash between the sides, which saw the winger score and France go on to win 3-1.

"It is one of my best memories," he said.

"It was an important goal but it's a whole different game (on Tuesday). I hope to play well and I hope we win.

Of Spain's unbeaten run, Ribery said: "(Fifty games unbeaten) sure is a lot of games.

"But we played a great game there with a great second half and had a good result (a 1-1 draw in October). We will play freely, without pressure. We hope to make it a good result."

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0 - 1

Spain

L W W L W
Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
26 March 2013
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Stade de France (Paris)
Attendance
78329

Goals

0 - 1
58' Pedro
 (assist by Nacho Monreal)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
15
3
21
4
7
12 68'
8
6 54'
19 77' 78'
10
Coach: D. Deschamps
# Player Bookings
12
15
19
17 86'
3
6
14
8 32'
16
7
11 58'
Coach: Del Bosque

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22
10 78'
13
2
5
20
23
4
9
1
18

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