When Real Madrid agreed to sell Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli in the summer transfer window, and also not replace him with another striker, the idea was to show Karim Benzema that Carlo Ancelotti and the Club had faith in his abilities. Also, by playing regularly, his form would improve while his confidence would grow at the same time.
Just when the struggling Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema needs a bit of a pick-me-up, he has been dealt yet another blow to his confidence and self-esteem. The manager of the France national team, Didier Deschamps, has revealed that Benzema will start on the bench for the second game in a row, when they take on Australia in a friendly match in Paris tonight.
It is hardly surprising, I suppose, considering that Benzema has not scored a goal for France in over 1200 minutes. The man to replace him is the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who has been in great form for the Premier League side this season. Although this friendly game has little meaning, France want to be in winning ways before taking on Finland in their final qualifying game.
I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Jose Mourinho has had an absolute nightmare with injuries for Real Madrid this season. Since it began last summer, Mourinho has hardly ever been able to select from a full squad and this can be seen in the gap to Barcelona in the Primera Liga. This also means that the Copa Del Rey and the Champions league have taken on an even greater significance than usual for Los Blancos and the special one, because a season without trophies is unacceptable at a club like Real Madrid.