Madrids Champions League hero will be unavailable at the weekend due to injury
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his team can beat arch-rivals Barcelona without Karim Benzema in Sundays Clasico.
The French striker will miss the clash after he picked up an injury that even ruled him out of action for his country.
Madrid currently sit in first place in the table with 66 points, 10 points ahead of second-placed Sevilla, while Barcelona are in third place with 51 points, having played a game fewer than their rivals.
“Yes, I think so, we can do it,” Ancelotti told reporters when asked if Madrid could prevail without their star striker.
“Hes obviously an important part of this team, but he usually gets the job done and we now have to keep that job and look for other solutions upstairs.”
Ancelotti also said on Benzema: “He is a player who is 34 years old and sometimes it can happen to him.They are very minor annoyances and he has recovered very quickly.
“When he has come back, he has made a difference.We have another two weeks to work with him and then he will make a difference again.
“He doesnt worry me that he wont play tomorrow because we have time for him to play at the end of the season and make a difference.”
Benzema has made 34 appearances across all competitions for Madrid this season, scoring 32 times and notching 13 assists.
His presence up front has allowed others to flourish alongside him, particularly Vinicius Jr who himself has 17 goals and 14 assists.
Ancelotti will have to come up with a tactical masterplan to ensure Madrid can still have the firepower needed to dispose of Barcelona.