While his Real Madrid team lost this Thursday against Barça, in the semi-final first leg of the King’s Cup (0-1), Karim Benzema missed his meeting.
Cold shower Thursday night at the Bernabeu with the defeat conceded by Real Madrid against FC Barcelona (0-1), as part of the first leg semi-finals of the King’s Cup. A meeting during which the people of Madrid never managed to deceive the vigilance of the Catalan defense, with in particular a Karim Benzema very far from his usual standards. If he had extenuating circumstances, the French striker delivered a disaster performance according to some.
The match of the former tricolor international was dissected on the set of the L’Equipe channel and the majority tendency was indeed a statement of failure on the part of number 9 merengue. ” Today, he generated far too little (movement), analyzed Dave Appadoo. We talk about the Ballon d’Or, we talk about the best player in the world, so it’s very insufficient. ” Same story from Eric Blanc who underlined a ” lack of leadership ” from KB9 this Thursday evening, finding it “ a bit physically dull, […] extinguished like a candle“.
“The problem is other people”
However, the various observers have conceded that Karim Benzema was not helped by his partners. Raymond Domenech thus went against his comrades. ” I find them harsh. I remember that the only Madrid player who had a shot on target was him. In the catches of the ball, in the sequences, he was there. The problem is that there was no space and there were no other solutions. (…) I found him strangely alone. ” Which made Bertrand Latour say, with a touch of irony: ” The problem is actually the others. »
Be that as it may, Real Madrid’s overall performance once again confirmed the team’s worst performance compared to last season. If Karim Benzema (sanctioned with a poor “3” by the sports daily against Barça) continues to score and to be regularly decisive, he is less present in the game and it shows. This was the case again last night. It will take a completely different performance on April 5 during the semi-final return or risk a new disaster, this time synonymous with elimination.