Karim Benzema was delighted with his hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Champions League opponents Auxerre.

The Frenchman was under pressure going into the game, but delivered the perfect response.

Benzema said on Spanish television: "I've enjoyed this and this is good for me and for the team. I'm feeling better all the time in this team. I will continue working hard to carry on like this."

With uncertainty surrounding Gonzalo Higuain's back injury and how long the prolific Argentinian might be out for, Benzema knows he has a chance to push his claims for a regular starting berth under Jose Mourinho.

"I hope he (Higuain) returns as soon as possible, but now I will have more minutes and I want to take advantage of that," added Benzema.

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