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Ribery: Benzema is lacking in confidence

Franck Ribery says that Karim Benzema's confidence is low as France prepares to face Spain in a crucial World Cup qualifying bout on Tuesday.

The form of the Real Madrid striker has come under intense scrutiny in his homeland, with his goal drought in internationals stretching back to a friendly against Estonia last June, in which he scored twice.

Speaking on Sunday to Telefoot, Ribery admitted that his international teammate is experiencing some doubts over his contribution but is still putting effort in for the team.

"He doubts a little right now, but he also works a lot for the team," Ribery said. "He tries and he needs our supports and the support of the fans."

Ribery also spoke with relish at the prospect of facing La Roja, reminiscing about the 2006 World Cup clash between the sides, which saw the winger score and France go on to win 3-1.

"It is one of my best memories," Ribery said. "It was an important goal, but it's a whole different game [on Tuesday]. I hope to play well and I hope we win."
 
The two sides played to a draw in their October clash, and with France leading Spain by two points atop Group I, Les Bleus can take a major step toward automatic qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a win Tuesday in Paris.

"We played a great game there with a great second half and had a good result [a 1-1 draw in October]," Ribery said. "We will play freely, without pressure. We hope to make it a good result."

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