Madrid to play Villarreal without injured Benzema

MADRID - Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the Spanish league game against Villarreal because of a groin strain.

By (AP)

Published: Sat 20 Feb 2010, 8:26 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:06 AM

Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini said the France striker will miss Saturday’s match as the team tries to bounce back following its 1-0 loss at Lyon in the opening leg of the first knockout stage of the Champions League during the week.

Madrid has been knocked out in the first knockout stage of the Champions League for the past five seasons.

Europa Press quoted Pellegrini as saying “right now we’re the best (Madrid team) of the last 15 years” and you “can’t compare us with other (Madrid) teams if we don’t win the Champions League” or Spanish league.

Madrid trails leader Barcelona by two points in the standings.

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