Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who remains banished from the France national setup for four years running is not expected to get a call-up anytime soon. The player says he holds no grudges despite the snub. Benzema does not want to go crazy over the situation, preferring to make peace with it.
The Real Madrid has played in 81 games and scored 27 goals for France since making his debut in March 2007.He has not been called-up since August 2015 due to his alleged involvement in an attempt to blackmail ex-Lyon footballer Mathieu Valbuena over a sex-tape.
Real Madrid were guilty of complacency as they struggled to see off the lowly Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu at the weekend.
Benzema was the cream of the crop for the Spanish giants, tormenting the Vallecano defense on a regular basis and getting his name on the score sheet. He hobbled off the pitch towards the end of the match as he picked a slight injury to his ankle and is now a doubt for the World Club Cup starting this month.
Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has admitted the pressure is growing on him to deliver more goals for the Spanish giants following the departure of former superstar teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo scored 311 goals in 275 La Liga appearances in the famous all-white jersey before ending his nine year stint at the Bernabeu in July after completing a move to Italian giants Juventus.
Under the interim manager Santiago Solari, Real Madrid won their first match on Wednesday. In the match, Los Blancos defeated Melilla with the score 4-0 on their way in the first round of their Copa Del Rey match with 32 rounds. Karim Benzema started scoring in the match after 28 minutes of the starting of the game, and Marco Asensio doubled the benefits on the halftime stroke. For the visitors, Alvaro Odriozola made it three with 11 minutes left, which gave Solari a gentle opening to his spell as a temporary manager.
Cristo Gonzalez added the fourth strike in time to put together the misery of the host. Vinicius Junior was given a start to Solari, and the Brazilians rewarded his choice with two assists. A trip to North Africa to face Melilla in Copa Del Rey could not have been Solari’s first choice as Los Blanco’s temporary coach, but the Argentine would have been happy with what he saw. Melilla is one of a few autonomous Spanish cities based on the African mainland, and Madrid left a number of starring stars home after the resignation of former boss Julen Lopetegui.
After having shown his appearance as bound for the exit door in the past, the star striker Karim Benzema says he is quite happy managing the European champions. Benzema has successfully left behind the individual season, which was quite disappointing in order to become a best performer in Cristiano Ronaldo’s post at Real Madrid. The upbeat striker had looked weak in the last term as he managed to net only 5 La Liga goals and started facing speculation with regards to his future at Santiago Bernabeu. However, the starting goal in final win of Champions league over Liverpool and Julen Lopetegui was appointed as head coach has made the striker hopeful to make a significant role for himself in the 10th season.
As far as his interest for AC Milan is concerned, the 30 year old says he is highly focused to bounce back to be the best so as to be successful. Benzema says that one
needs to continue winning silverware as the goal is always to achieve victory here as a team. He would be looking at having a good season, especially after his last unsuccessful season and try hard to etch his name in the history books of the club. He could not imagine possessing all that he has, but the prime objective of joining the club is to achieve silverware, be successful and gain lot many things. He always knew he would have some hard seasons to deal with, but it’s insignificant as he is a part of the world’s best club and he is delighted to be there.
The former Manchester United defender, Gerard Pique was shown a full treatment from Madrid supporters on the night of Spanish Super Cup (second leg), as his side, Barcelona fell to defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu. That was the night when his side were embarrassed while the Spaniard was roundly mocked by the crowd. Gerard Pique therefore agreed for the first time since joining Barcelona that he felt inferior to their all-time rivals, Real Madrid.
Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema netted a goal each in the first half which saw Real Madrid to a 2-0 HT and FT victory to complete a 5-1 aggregate win in the Spanish Super Cup. Barcelona, in their first matches after the departure of their ex-star forward, Neymar Jr, looked a shadow of their former selves, and were second best throughout, as Zinedine Zidane bagged his seventh trophy in 21 months as manager.