Real must get out of the crisis without Benzema
Four games without a win (0/1/3) – this has not happened at Real Madrid since 1985. There’s no doubt about it: The Champions League winner is in a crisis and now has to do without striker Karim Benzema when trying to cope with it.
According to the royals, the Frenchman suffered a muscle injury in his right thigh during a 1-0 win at Deportivo Alaves, forcing him to take a break of several weeks. This also makes it questionable whether Benzema will be fit for Clasico at FC Barcelona on 28 October 2018.
The 30-year-old has been playing for the Blancos since 2009 and has now scored 131 goals in 284 league games for the royals. The brawny attacker has won virtually everything there was to win with Real – four times the Champions League, three times the UEFA Super Cup, three times the FIFA Club World Cup, two times the Spanish Championship and two times the Spanish Cup.
This season, too, he was a regular with coach Julen Lopetegui, who brought Benzema to the starting eleven in all eight league matches and both Champions League matches. The Frenchman thanked him with four goals. The truth is, however, that Lopetegui has no real alternative for the central position in the storm, especially after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. Ronaldo’s coach will now have to experiment, as he will only have players who either come over the wing or out of the depth for the attack alongside Gareth Bale with Mariano Diaz, Lucas Vazquez and Junior Vinicius.
Benzema is also one of the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or 2018.