Karim Benzema ‘will not go to the national team’ if he does not play the Madrid derby, warns Ancelotti
Didier Deschamps will communicate on Thursday the list of Blues summoned for the League of Nations matches against Austria and Denmark, on September 22 and 25, the last meetings before the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18). Carlo Ancelotti wanted this Saturday to send a message to the boss of the France team. Karim Benzema « will not go to the selection » « if he does not play the derby » against Atlético Madrid on September 18, the Real Madrid coach told a press conference.
Released in the 30th minute of the Champions League match on the lawn of Celtic Glasgow on Tuesday (0-3), the 34-year-old center-forward suffered a « semi-tendinous muscle lesion » and a « Muscle overload in the quadriceps of the right leg », according to the press release from Real. He should be out for two to three weeks.
Hazard, replacing Benzema at Real
“These are things that can happen. He had a little problem, but last year he also had a physical problem in December, and we knew how to manage it. This year it will be the same. Without him, the team played very well against Celtic, especially in the offensive phase,” added “Carletto”, on the eve of the La Liga match against Mallorca on Sunday.
The Italian technician clarified that it is Eden Hazard, as against Celtic, who will occupy the place of the French center-forward against Mallorca. “Hazard played very well against Celtic. Tomorrow I will play him, I hope he can repeat that, ”he said.
Ancelotti, however, qualified, specifying that Benzema “has no natural replacement”: “He is the best center-forward in the world and there is no natural replacement on the market. But other players, with other characteristics, can supplement it”. A bit like Olivier Giroud in the France team.