Real Madrid desperate to have Benzema back for PSG clash

Karim Benzema has been sorely missed by the Real Madrid squad since he picked up an injury three weeks ago. With just two days left before their crucial UEFA Champions League last-16 match against Paris Saint-Germain, Los Blancos are desperate to have their prolific striker back in the lineup.

On Saturday, Real Madrid allowed Sevilla to get within four points at the top of the La Liga table. They squandered the opportunity to sit on a more comfortable six-point lead after a disappointing draw against Villareal at the Ceramica stadium.

The first half had the hosts threatening to score, and manager Carlo Ancelotti needed to wake his players up during the half-time break. In the second half, Real Madrid were the more dominant side, but they lacked the finishing touch to take all three points from the evening.

Vinicius Jr. was neutralised by the Villarreal defence, and spent most of his time tumbling to the floor as the defenders did their best to keep him at bay. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale finally had an opportunity to start, but was mostly quiet in the first half.

Later in the match after a half-time pep talk, Real Madrid had numerous opportunities to score but the keeper or the crossbar always managed to deny them. In the end, everyone was thinking about Benzema and how much he is needed for the PSG match.