Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema reveals that he went crazy when his former boss Jose Mourinho publicly criticised him.
The French forward said that Mourinho’s negative comments in the press about him made him go crazy, and he pushed himself harder to prove that he was worthy of a place in the coach’s Los Blancos side.
“Mourinho and I spoke to each other and I knew what he wanted from me and what he thought about me,” he told AS.
“I went crazy when I heard Mourinho talk like that about me and I gave it everything in training.”
The 27-year-old says he believes that the Portuguese manager tactically makes those public comments to motivate his players – suggesting it works with some players, and others it may not.
“He spoke like that in the press to motivate me,” he added.
“It's something he does a lot of and it works with some players and not with others.”
Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009 after impressing at former club, Olympique Lyon, and has since scored 131 goals for the club, while assisting 84 goals for his teammates.
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