Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema says boss Carlo Ancelotti has supported him ever since he came to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Frenchman was the subject of some criticism from the Madrid faithful in the early part of the season but revealed that Ancelotti has always been behind him.
“I’ve always felt his confidence since the moment Carlo arrived at the club,” he told AS.
“It has been the same with our President, Florentino Perez, who has also been very supportive.
“I remember the whistles I had to listen to here in Madrid and also while wearing the France shirt, but I know they were because of the expectations people place on me.
“In football everything happens very quickly. All I know is that I’m doing everything in my power to play well. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t…I hope to carry on performing as I am at the moment.”
Benzema went on to highlight the togetherness of this current Madrid side and how everyone is contributing.
“We are going through a great spell and enjoy playing together, but I must stress the unity that exists in the squad.
“We are all pulling in the same direction and know that any player coming off the bench can make a difference. He can turn the game our way and that’s what counts.
“It’s necessary that everybody gets along and that’s certainly the case at Madrid. We are a family and we like being together,” he insisted.
Finally, he was asked what the difference is between this Madrid side and those of recent years.
“We all know each other well besides having great quality and a desire to win. Whether it’s against a small team or one of the greats we always have the same motivation.
“With James, Kroos and Isco we also have players who allow you to have more possession. That means we control games better.”