The manager of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane says no beef between his two forwards – Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior. The French tactician said whatever happened between them was normal in any competitive team like Real Madrid.
Recall that on Tuesday, October 27, Karim Benzema was captured on tape telling his Madrid’s teammate Ferland Mendy not to pass to Vinicius Junior before the commencement of the second half in the match between Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach.
According to Opta, “Karim Benzema didn’t pass a single ball to Vinicius Jr in the second half in the Champions League game vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (three in the first half).”
This sparked the speculation that there could be beef between Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior. But the club’s manager has insisted that there was no beef between them and whatever happened in the club’s UEFA Champions League match against Mönchengladbach which ended 2-2 proved that there was still life in the team.
Karim Benzema tells Ferland Mendy not to pass to Vinicius Jr at half-time during last night’s game between Gladbach & Real Madrid: “Brother don’t play to him. On my mother’s life. He is playing against us.” pic.twitter.com/zmpciQRgAV— Get French Football News (@GFFN) October 28, 2020
“The most important thing is that it’s cleared up and that the players sort it out themselves. You say a lot of things on the pitch, but it always stays there. They spoke and that’s that.
“This kind of thing happens all the time on the pitch, things get heated. You say things about yourself, others, and even me.”
So far this season, Karim Benzema has played 8 matches in all competitions, scoring 2 goals and providing 2 assists. The French striker has made 6 appearances in La Liga where he has only managed to score a goal and provided two assists.
While Vinicius Junior has scored 3 goals in 7 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid. The 20-year-old left-winger has scored two goals in 5 La Liga matches so far in the 2020-2021 season.
The competition between the two players has only helped the team to remain bottom of Champions League Group B after two matches. While the competition has taken the team to the second spot on La Liga table with just a point behind the first-placed Real Sociedad.
Zinedine Zidane might parade Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior on Saturday, October 31, when the club faces Huesca in a Spanish La Liga match.