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Benzema a big loss but Real Madrid will have quality replacement - Man City defender Clichy

Manchester City's Gael Clichy admits the absence of Karim Benzema is no small loss for Real Madrid.

The French striker has been ruled out of Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final second leg with a hamstring injury and although his fellow countryman is aware it will be a large vacancy to fill, he suggests Zinedine Zidane has the players at his disposal capable of doing so.

"Karim is a very important player for Real Madrid, he's the bridge between Cristiano and midfield," said left-back Clichy.

"If he's not playing that can only be good for us but a side like Madrid can replace him with another equally good player.

"It's a shame that he'll miss the match, but we're confronting the game with or without him."

City and Real played out a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium last week, setting up a tantalising finish at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the winner to meet Atletico Madrid in the May 28 final in Milan.

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