Benzema handling the pressure
Real Madrid striker plays down talk of winning the Golden Boot
Last Updated: June 9, 2012 3:55pm
Karim Benzema: France striker celebrates one of his two goals against Estonia
Karim Benzema insists he can cope with the expectation of scoring goals for France as he heads into Euro 2012 as their primary striker.
The 24-year-old will spearhead Laurent Blanc's team in their customary 4-3-3 formation as they seek to replicate their successes from 1984 and 2000.
Benzema has been tipped as one of the players who could emerge from this summer's tournament with their reputation enhanced.
And, after snaring a brace last Tuesday in France's 4-0 win over Estonia, the Real Madrid frontman admits he is primed to succeed in Poland and Ukraine.
"I feel really great," he said.
"I've picked up confidence at Real Madrid and with the France team. Everything I try comes off. I've worked to be in top shape."
Benzema is among the contenders for the Golden Boot award along with Robin van Persie and Mario Gomez.
Yet, the former Lyon marksman maintains he is driven by team, rather than individual success.
"I'm here to have a good Euro with everyone," he added.
"Aside from that, if I have chances, I can score or set up other people."