Footage of Wednesday night has emerged, showing Karim Benzema giving some instructions to Vinicius Junior ahead of extra time, in Real Madrid's game with Chelsea.
Benzema was the danger man going into Real's Champions League quarter final second leg, having scored all the goals in their 3-1 win in first leg at Stamford Bridge a week before.
However Chelsea were the better side in the Bernabeu and kept the Frenchman quiet for much of the 90 minutes, as they got into a 3-0 lead to put them on the verge of the semis.
Luka Modric's ridiculous ball to Rodrygo, expertly finished, took it to extra time and then, with a degree of inevitability, Benzema scored the winner in the additional 30 minutes.
The striker was set up by Vinicius Junior, who'd also had a quieter night than the first leg, and footage has shown that ahead of extra time the Brazilian was being given some detailed instructions from Benzema, using his hand to illustrate what his teammate should do.
Did Chelsea really think they were gonna win against players like this? pic.twitter.com/RDuYK7DeAW— Alhaji Mide6ix (@mide6ix) April 14, 2022
It's been a hell of a tournament for the former Lyon striker already, having scored 11 goals in this season's Champions League, but he's really come to life in the knockout stages.
He scored a 17 minute hat-trick in the second half of the second leg against PSG, with Real 2-0 down on aggregate, before his performance at Stamford Bridge made it back-to-back hat-tricks.
Wednesday might not have been as brilliant an all round performance but he still came up with the goods in a clutch situation, scoring one of the few chances he had whilst Chelsea's forwards missed all theirs.
It's no wonder that he's already one of the favourites for this year's Ballon d'Or, which has new rules, including being judged for the season not calendar year, although Robert Lewandowski is currently the favourite.
Despite being the man to win the tie for his side, Benzema was clearly impressed with one Chelsea player at full time, as he asked Reece James for his shirt.
The full back was booked early in the first half, for a challenge on Vinicius, and it might have been a cause of concern for Thomas Tuchel's side, however James was brilliant for the rest of the night.
Real move on to face Manchester City in the semis, after last season's runners up beat Atletico Madrid over two legs, following a controversial draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Los Blancos won't be getting any help from their local rivals ahead of that game, with Diego Simeone walking out on his post match press conference at the thought of even giving them any advice on how to deal with Pep Guardiola's side.
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