Karim Benzema was one of the outstanding players in last night's trouncing of Athletic, forcing the first, own, goal, scoring the third and providing the assist for Özil to make it 4-1. With that last piece of play against the Basque team the forward racked up his eighth assist of the season in all competitions, and confirmed his current fine form. Since he joined the Spanish giants he has never provided so many assists at this point in the season.
At the start of the second half against Athletic Benzema gave the killer pass to Özil at the end of a counterattack from Madrid, and thus demonstrated that not only is he fine fettle in front of the net himself, but that he has a spectacular capacity to put his teammates into lethal positions.
His tally of assists has grown year on year, and it looks like this season may set a new high watermark. From the four he supplied in his first year, he set up seven in 10/11 and 11 in 11/12. Last season he reached eight assists on 17 December, with 23 games played. This season he has only required 16 matches to reach that figure.
He supplied his first assist in the third league game of the season, against Granada, with the recipient being Higuaín. In total he's supplied the final ball in six games, the last three being on the trot. In the matches against Ajax, Alcoyano and Athletic his performance was doubly impressive, as he also scored. He has done that in the League, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, the only Real Madrid player to have achieved the feat.