Striker Karim Benzema insists he is not feeling the pressure ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain, despite not scoring in his past 10 games for France and regularly finding himself on the Real Madrid bench.
Benzema was in good form last season for both club and country, but has not scored for France since his brace against Estonia last June in a warmup match before the European Championship.
''No, it doesn't weigh on me, of course I want to score but I can't start thinking `I must score, I must score' because it will affect my game,'' Benzema said Sunday on French television show Telefoot. ''Even if I don't score and we win, I will be happy. People don't look at the effort I make on the field. But the No. 1 striker must score goals and I hope they will come soon. We'll see after these two games.''
Benzema has scored 15 goals in 55 games for France, a modest return for a forward of his stature.
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