Benteke in two minds on the value of Palace’s winter break

Christian Benteke (photo: Dan Westwell)

Christian Benteke has mixed feelings on whether the winter break can help a beleaguered Crystal Palace.

Palace were defeated 3-1 at Everton on Saturday and are still without a victory in 2020, leaving them looking over their shoulder at the bottom three.

They’re not back in action until February 22 when they face Newcastle and Benteke is in two minds on the merits of this hiatus.

“I think it’s 50-50. Sometimes when we are in a bad mood, we need a break mentally and physically,” the 29-year-old told Palace TV.

“But also when you lose, you just want to go again as quickly as possible. Now we go away and try to switch off and go again after that.”

Benteke managed to net his first goal since April 2019 to make it 1-1 after the break, but the Eagles allowed Everton back in the game to secure the win.

“It’s always nice [to score] as a striker as I haven’t scored for a long time,” added the Belgian international. “But the main thing was to get the three points which we didn’t.

“We’re just frustrated because I think as soon as we scored the equaliser, we felt like we were going to score the second goal. We showed some great football but it wasn’t enough.”

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