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Karim Benzema Insists France Need to "Up the Tempo" Following Consecutive World Cup Qualifier Draws

By Amreen
Karim Benzema says France must 'up the tempo' in their World Cup qualifiers
Karim Benzema says France must 'up the tempo' in their World Cup qualifiers / John Berry/Getty Images

Karim Benzema has admitted France need to "up the tempo" after drawing consecutive games in their last two World Cup qualifiers.

The Les Bleus had to settle for a point against Ukraine and Bosnia & Herzegovina, and star striker, Benzema, believes his side need to perform better despite sitting atop Group D with nine points.

"I wouldn't say worry, because there’s nothing to worry about, but obviously we want to win every game," Benzema told Telefoot. "We know that matches are getting harder and harder and we only have ourselves to blame, because we need to be setting the tempo and manage our efforts – it’s up to us to make the difference.

"I wouldn’t say that we’re having great difficulties. Every match is different, it’s up to us to move up the gears – for example, if we’re keeping the ball further back then it’s up to us to play quickly and play that vertical pass to hurt the opponent. We have the technical players for it, so it’s just a question of not falling into the rhythm that the opposing team is setting."

The 33-year old also expressed his desire to play alongside international team-mate Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid. He added: "It’s no secret anymore that Real want him. I would have liked for him to come this year, but like I said recently, he’ll be there one day anyway. We spoke [during the summer] but not about that specifically, we just kept in touch."