Mourinho: Benzema still needs to improve
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France striker Karim Benzema, who scored within seconds of coming on in Real Madrid's 1-1 draw against his former club Lyon on Tuesday, still needs to improve, according to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

"Everyone knows his potential which is impressive. But everyone knows, and he himself knows it, because he is an intelligent boy, that during matches he still needs to improve certain aspects," he said in an interview published in sports daily AS.

"He is working to improve. He is going in the right direction," the Portuguese coach added.

Benzema, 23, who left Lyon for the Spanish capital two years ago, made an instant impact in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match at his old stomping ground, the Stade Gerland.

Everyone knows, and he himself knows it, because he is an intelligent boy, that during matches he still needs to improve.
Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid coach.

Moments after replacing Emmanuel Adebayor in the 64th minute, he received a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo and slalomed across the Lyon box before beating goalkeeper - and international team-mate - Hugo Lloris with a measured finish.

He therefore became the first Real player to score at Lyon in the Champions League, but a late equaliser from Bafetimbi Gomis meant the seven-time French champions preserved their unbeaten record against the Spanish heavyweights.

"I couldn't dream of a better return," said Benzema, who will hope to play a decisive role again when Lyon visit Madrid for the return leg of their last 16 tie on 16 March.

Nine-time winners Real have fallen at the last 16 stage in each of their last six seasons, and Lyon eliminated Real 2-1 at this stage of the competition last season.