Adebayor hopes for Benzema performance
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Real Madrid's new striker Emmanuel Adebayor is hoping France's Karim Benzema, his rival for a place in the frontline, will be the one who ensures the club defeats Lyon in the UEFA Champions League.

"Last Saturday, I was happy for Karim when he scored (in the league), and I hope he'll do the same thing against Lyon," the Togo player, signed from Manchester City last month, said in today's Spanish sports daily AS.

"When we need a striker with a lot of technique, we can choose Benzema. Karim reminds me of the great (Brazilian) Ronaldo. As I have already said, we complement each other."

When we need a striker with a lot of technique, we can choose Benzema. Karim reminds me of the great (Brazilian) Ronaldo.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Real Madrid striker

Real coach Jose Mourinho has given no indication of the final team that will start against Lyon tonight in their first leg fixture of the last 16 of the Champions League. But he must make a crucial choice between the French and the Togolese forwards.

Adebayor was brought in to add urgently needed firepower after Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain suffered a slipped disc that is expected to keep him out of action for the rest of the season. Benzema has also partnered Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo up front, but the France international is reported to be out of favour with Mourinho.

Nine-time winners Real have fallen at the last 16 stage in each of their last six seasons - and were eliminated by Lyon at this stage of the competition last season.