In anticipation of the Champions League semi-final return which will take place on Wednesday between Manchester City and Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti has decided to rest Karim Benzema this weekend.
Real Madrid still have a lot to do at the end of the season. Even if it can no longer be titled in La Liga, largely outdistanced as it is by FC Barcelona, the Merengue club is still fighting for the second place currently occupied by its rival and neighbor Atlético de Madrid. Only one point separates the two teams and the meeting scheduled for Saturday evening between Real and Getafe (9 p.m., 34th day) will not be overlooked. However, Carlo Ancelotti must manage his workforce since Wednesday will take place the semi-final return of the Champions League against Manchester City. For this reason, he will rest Karim Benzema on Saturday evening.
As he confirmed, the Madrid coach did not put the name of the Ballon d’Or 2022 in his list of players called up to be part of the group to face the eighteenth of La Liga. There is also a double reason for this decision. In addition to wanting to breathe some of his elements, the Italian strategist also has to deal with some recently damaged physics. This is precisely the case of Karim Benzema who took a blow last Tuesday against the Skyblues by Guardiola (1-1).
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In addition to the former Lyonnais, David Alaba and Rodrygo will also be absent against Getafe. But there are also two pieces of good news for Madrid fans and their team as Ferland Mendy and Dani Ceballos are back.