Register Login Scores

International

Support For Goal Shy Benzema

If Karim Benzema plays and does not score for France against Spain tonight, he will have endured 1000 minutes of international football without finding the back of the net.

But while the profligate Real Madrid man was booed by the French fans during Les Bleus’ 3-1 win over Georgia last weekend, coach Didier Deschamps insists the striker retains his trust.

There is even a chance that Benzema will be in the starting line-up against La Furia Roja, because of his intimate knowledge of many of their star players, despite the fact that Arsenal hit-man Olivier Giroud is in better form.

"I'm not saying he's going to play, but I have total confidence in Benzema,” Deschamps told the media ahead of the sumptuous clash in Paris.

“There's no debate whatsoever about his qualities.”

"There's no problem with Benzema in the French national side,” skipper Hugo Lloris added.

“He's a respected player. He's contributed in the past, and he'll contribute in the future. He's going through a tough time, but we're there to help him through it. Sooner or later, he'll find the net again.”

Giroud may well consider himself unlucky if he finds himself on the bench and goal shy Benzema in the starting line-up.

But as former Lyon striker Bernard Lacombe explains, there may be more than one reason for starting Benzema against Spain.

"It's difficult to put him on the bench,” said Lacombe, who has followed the striker’s career from his days as a youth at Lyon.

“He'll know the defenders a bit more than Giroud.

“If Didier Deschamps takes him out of the starting XI, it'll only make him doubt himself still more." 

Benzema Separates Madrid And PSG

3 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Now In Two Minds About Gamildien

69 Jun 15, 2021 09:50 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Players Who Lied About Their Age

42 Jun 04, 2021 07:26 PM in World News

Ex-Chiefs Player To Make R25M Move

30 Jun 14, 2021 11:28 AM in Siyagobhoza

The 10 Highest-Paid Players Over Past Year, African Superstar Features

Jun 02, 2021 09:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Setlhodi Lashes Out At Hunt For Chiefs Failure

181 Jun 14, 2021 11:52 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

UEFA Respond To Ronaldo's Coke Bottle Incident

12 Jun 19, 2021 01:05 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

8 Soldiers Left Behind As Chiefs Prepare For War

114 Jun 17, 2021 04:38 PM in Soccer 6

Ramos Names Two Clubs He Won't Join After Real Exit

13 Jun 18, 2021 09:26 AM in LaLiga

Pirates Comment On Komphela To Bucs Reports

39 Jun 18, 2021 11:42 AM in Orlando Pirates

Secret Agent Comments On Chiefs Overhaul

33 Jun 17, 2021 02:06 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Another Coach Linked To Bucs Job

38 Jun 14, 2021 10:40 AM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Star Striker’s Future Decided

12 Jun 14, 2021 08:50 AM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

One-Year Turkish Deal For SA Striker?

1 Jun 14, 2021 03:55 PM in Siyagobhoza