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Zidane justifies Benzema’s poor performance and says ‘he’s not tired’

Sun 03 January 2021 | 10:18

The France international was going through a dry spell after a significant display in front of goal for a few weeks.

Real Madrid

manager

Zinedine Zidane

is not considering sidelining

Karim Benzema

and he promised to bring

Eden Hazard

back to action slowly. On Saturday’s

La Liga

clash against

Celta Vigo

, Benzema did not contribute to Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory and he failed to meet the back of the net in two chances he has been handed. The Real Madrid striker has featured in 15 games out of 17 for his side this season.

In a conference pre-match, when Zidane was asked whether Benzema, who found the target eight times in La Liga, is going to be rested, he denied.

"

I don’t think he’s tired

," Zidane said. "

I think he did well and I took him off so that another player could play. We’re in a great spell. We’re doing the right things and we have to continue like this

."

Hazard climbed off the bench in the clash against Celta making his return from injury.

"

We are going to go little by little,

" added Zidane. "

Little by little, you have to recover feelings

.

"

We have to take it slowly and not force anything. He has to get back to his best and take it slowly. That’s all it is

."

Real Madrid possessed the ball 41% in the battle against Celta and it has been the lowest in all Zidane’s victories. However, the French coach was delighted with the way his side performed against Celta.

"

We played a complete game from the beginning to the end,

" Zidane explained.

"

We controlled the game well, we had a good balance, when it came to pressing up and getting the ball back, we did everything well.

"You have to control when the rival team has strong moments in the game, but the feelings are good, out of nine games we won six and three draws

."

Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio found the target leading their side to seal the three points.

Zidane added: "

I am happy for Asensio. He has had a major injury and now he is much better and improving every time.

"Vazquez is very reliable, very involved and I am happy for what he is doing. We played a very serious game. I'm happy for everyone."


source: SportMob