The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

France will play like warriors against Spain: Benzema


MADRID (REUTERS) - France will field 11 warriors intent on proving Spain are not unbeatable when they play the world and European champions in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on Tuesday, according to striker Karim Benzema.

Benzema, who plays with Spanish internationals including Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid, said he believed the Iberian nation were the best side in the world but insisted France had the weapons to compete.

"It's not impossible," the 24-year-old told a news conference at Atletico Madrid's Calderon stadium where the Group I clash will take place.

"It will require hard work," he added. "We will be 11 warriors on the pitch." France have a fine record against Spain in competitive matches, winning five of the seven meetings between the European neighbours, drawing one and losing one.