Real Madrid boss Zidane baffled by Benzema’s retaliation in France

Real Madrid boss Zidane baffled by Benzema's retaliation in France

The forward played again on Saturday as his brace kept Los Blancos on Atletico’s heels

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has said he does not understand why his side’s in-form striker Karim Benzema continues to be overlooked by the France side.
Benzema scored a brace on Saturday and provided a late assist as Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-1 to continue their La Liga title pursuit.

With the win, Madrid fell within three points of Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand against their city rivals.

What was said?

“How can we understand why Karim is not leaving with the national team? There are many who don’t understand it, ”Zidane said in his post-match press conference.

“But it’s better for me as a Madrid coach that he stays. He did a great job for us. ”

Why is Benzema not called?

Benzema has not played for France since 2015, when he was accused of blackmailing his teammate Mathieu Valbuena for a sex tape in which the then Marseille player appeared.

The Real Madrid forward has since missed several major tournaments, including Euro 2016 in his homeland and France’s successful run to the World Cup title in 2018.

Benzema has played two World Cups and two European Championships for France, scoring 27 goals for Les Bleus in 81 caps.

How does Benzema behave in Madrid?

The 33-year-old has been in good form for Madrid this season, scoring 23 goals in 32 appearances across all competitions.

After his brace on Saturday, Benzema has scored in six straight games and now has a brace in back-to-back La Liga games.

Madrid face Eibar on April 3 after the international break, followed by a Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool three days later.

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