Real Madrid: without Karim Benzema, it’s not the same story…


Released through injury against Elche (2-2), the French striker should not be forfeited for the shock against PSG. In any case, the Casa Blanca prays hard that bad news does not fall by then. Because without Benzema, the Merengues are no longer quite the same.

A priori, there is no fire at the lake. Released on injury at the hour of play against Elche (2-2), Karim Benzema (34) raised a wind of concern in Real Madrid. Hit in the left thigh, the French striker would ultimately only suffer from a contracture. The length of unavailability of the tricolor international (94 selections, 36 goals) has still not been made official by the Madrid club, but the latest echoes indicate that the player could be available for the quarter-final of the King’s Cup against Athletic on February 3.

Barring a huge surprise, Karim Benzema will therefore be there on February 15, on the occasion of the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain. In any case, what is certain is that the Merengues pray that the state of health of their number 9 does not reserve them any unpleasant surprises. Because without Benzema, Real Madrid certainly has a few offensive cartridges, but its face is clearly not the same.

Jovic and Mariano on the street

“Without Benzema, a tragedy”title by the way AS in its columns today. Indeed, if the former Lyonnais were to miss the duel against the Parisians, Carlo Ancelotti should undoubtedly launch Luka Jovic or Mariano Diaz, to support Vinicius Junior. Already very annoyed with the catastrophic performance of Eden Hazard, the Italian coach would not approach this shock with serenity.

AS indeed recalls that Jovic, this season, it is 11 appearances in La Liga (all as a substitute) for 1 goal and 2 assists. In the King’s Cup, the Serb has one achievement, but none in three Champions League matches. Worse, the Spanish daily stresses that he has not attempted a shot in 9 of the last 15 matches he has played this season. As for Mariano Diaz, it’s even worse. He has only five appearances in all competitions (1 assist). In the end, the two attackers together, it’s 1 goal and 2 assists in 612 minutes of play.

It is therefore not difficult to understand why the Casa Blanca hope that Benzema will be present on the lawn of the Parc des Princes. Because this season, Benzebut is a (provisional) status of Pichichi in the league (17 goals) and a record of 24 achievements and 13 assists in 28 matches, all competitions combined. An XXL performance to which is added that of Vinicius Junior (15 goals, 11 assists in 31 games, all competitions combined) which make him the star doublet that has become essential to Real Madrid.

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