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Karim Benzema it’s back. The star forward of Real Madrid, the top scorer, the team leader after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the debacle of Bale, the right hand of Zinedine Zidane on the pitch. The good news also has a place in a merengue team that is not going through its best moment and the Frenchman’s recovery is an example.
The box Chamartin will travel to Ukraine with Benzema among the 21 summoned for the penultimate match of Champions League. A luxury reinforcement for the squad and for Zidane, who has also ended up being highlighted after the last two results in The league. Because, since Benzema retired injured against Valencia, Real Madrid has not known victory in the domestic competition.
With a stoppage of selections in between, and a decisive victory against him Inter from Milan with Hazard As the maximum offensive exponent, the merengue entity has reaped a draw at the Estadio de la Cerámica and a defeat against all odds against Alaves. The latter with a bad start to the game that, according to Zidane, is among the worst outings of the white team in a long time.
“Now we are going to think about Tuesday’s game. “It was the order he gave Zizou after this tough defeat. “What I say to the players always stays with them. I am always responsible for the situation and I have to find solutions.” Recovery will come by working “with them too” to “seek more regularity” in what they do on the field of play. Against Shakhtar it will be with Benzema in their ranks.
The last Karim
The French striker withdrew injured from the duel against him Valencia. A night for Real Madrid to forget where, between errors and penalties, they ended up losing 4-1 to the Che team. He scored a goal and in 76 ‘he had to retire due to physical problems. The alarms were going off and more considering Hazard’s situation.
Relief came when it was determined that it was muscular and not a serious injury. And more considering that there was a stoppage of national teams that would give the French some oxygen. Against Villarreal he was left out of the list, something that was already foreseen, and the objective was to reach the duel against Inter. There was no luck, no time, and Benzema was left out. The last appointment, against Alavés, his absence was also confirmed during one of the training sessions.
Against him Shakhtar that disappearance has been put to an end. Real Madrid did not want to risk and Benzema arrives with the command of reorganizing the team and taking the reins in attack, even more without Hazard in conditions and without Sergio Ramos as a portent in the locker room.
Against the Ukrainian team, a win will certify the pass to the second round. Real Madrid would add a total of ten points and leave Shakhtar with only four in third position. Inter, who only have two points, cling to the miracle. However, Benzema’s leadership is not only key for the European duel, but also for La Liga.
The next day merengue will be against Sevilla Julen lopetegui. Determining appointment for the aspirations in La Liga and that, in addition, will serve as a preliminary for the last duel of the group stage against the Borussia, where first place may be at stake, and the derby against Atlético in the League.
Benzema and the goal
The French striker started the season at a high level. The team’s top scorer with six goals in eleven games, accompanied by three assists for his teammates. The last injury against Valencia and the national team break also stopped a great streak of the French attacker. Benzema had scored in the previous four games.
Because, if it took four days to see the goal in La Liga, in the last two of the competition scored three goals. In the Champions League, likewise, he scored another two in the last two days. That is, since October 27, all the games in which Benzema has played has seen a goal. Now more than ever, and after the lack of offensive leadership against Villarreal and Alavés, it’s time.
[Más información – El mensaje de Benzema en respuesta a la polémica con Vinicius]