Thierry Henry has been praised for his analysis of Karim Benzema’s winning goal for Real Madrid against Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Benzema sent Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals with a header in extra-time.
Chelsea won the second leg 3-2 but Benzema’s goal was enough to fire the Spanish giants to the next round at the Blues’ expense.
Benzema was the tie’s standout performer over the two legs.
The 34-year-old scored an excellent hat-trick at Stamford Bridge and headed home the winner at the Bernabeu.
That’s now 12 goals in nine Champions League games this season for the veteran France international, who is among the early frontrunners to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or award.
Thierry Henry’s analysis of Karim Benzema’s goal vs Chelsea
Analysing Benzema’s winner was another legendary French striker: Thierry Henry.
“It was special and I hope nobody fell asleep because you need to watch this,” the Arsenal hero said on CBS Sports.
“The way he goes, you see it, he is going to go close, then he backpedals. What he did, is go to Vinicius Jr, saw they had the time and connected with the eyes, then went back to make sure he was facing the goal, to attack the ball and put it back where the ball came from.
“The goalkeeper will always go across his goal so he put it where he has come from.
“He knew he was out of the angle, he thinks ‘okay let me readjust my frame, we’ve connected, now let me finish’.”
Watch the clip here:
Thierry Henry breaking down Karim Benzema’s game winning goal against Chelsea. 👑 pic.twitter.com/aPyIFx4c0h
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Let’s check out some of the reaction to Henry’s analysis:
Henry worked as a pundit on Sky Sports after hanging up his boots before entering the world of coaching.
Belgium’s current assistant manager regularly pops up on CBS Sports to provide analysis of Champions League games and has struck up an excellent rapport with the likes of Jamie Carragher, Micah Richards and Peter Schmeichel.