Celtic Glasgow – Real Madrid – No plan B at KB: Benzema, star captain without understudy

Celtic Glasgow - Real Madrid - No plan B at KB: Benzema, star captain without understudy

Habemus delanterum!“. White smoke Avenida de Concha Espina this August 29: Iker Bravo is a new Real Madrid striker! Catalan trained in the ranks of the lower categories of FC Barcelona before emigrating to Bayer Leverkusen, the player also followed with attention by the Atlético de Madrid has finally joined Casa Blanca. A legendary first name, a little prince’s name: the native of Sant Cugat del Vallès has everything to please. But it is with Castilla trained by Rául González Blanco that he will release his new overcoat.


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Not really the stuff of 9 likely to lighten the pace of Karim Benzema, captain of the Spanish champion and European champion, one-man band to make Rémy Bricka jealous. A management that questions because it has been going on for many months and could prove to be detrimental for the club, but also for Didier Deschamps who really does not need that at the moment.

Benzema without understudy: “Real’s obsession with Mbappé prevented any plan B”

Jean-Paul Belmondo without Remy Julienne

Until the start of the express “preparation” for the World Cup, which will look like a highway taken in the wrong direction aboard a dragster, Real Madrid must play 16 matches. And for now, only Mariano Díaz is available as a centre-forward. Available is also a very big word for a player who can disguise himself as Captain Haddock’s plaster every year for Halloween. With a meager 392 minutes spread over 11 matches in all competitions last season, the 29-year-old Hispano-Dominican is negligible. This new transfer window did not find a taker for the ex-Lyonnais.

The task is clearly difficult for the madridista leaders. To exfiltrate Luka Jovic, who cost Eintracht Frankfurt 63 million euros in 2019, it was literally necessary to offer him to Fiorentina by paying part of his salary for two seasons and thus recover 50% on resale. And after several successive loans, Borja Mayoral was sold 10 million euros to Getafe. Even Juanmi Latasa, 18 goals in 2021/2022 with Castilla, was not promoted and made his La Liga debut with… Getafe against Villarreal on Matchday 2 (admittedly only 1 minute but it’s still more than most of us all).

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) in the match against Betis Sevilla

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While there was a time, not so long ago, KB Nueve was continually discussed by the press and aficion, here he is now without rival or understudy. Nevertheless, Real Madrid was in search and had aimed very high: Erling Haaland and especially Kylian Mbappé, so close and ultimately so far from Cibeles. The flashy name seemed to count more than the place on the ground. At the end of this summer transfer window that is still far too long, while the club is making a generational transition in certain positions, nothing has changed to find a shadow for the very likely future Ballon d’Or.

Never replaced, never worn?

Without Benzema, the immaculate white of Real Madrid fades and the flamboyant Santiago-Bernabéu becomes Place des Ternes. Through his game and now his leadership, KB9 leads his entire team in his aspiration. And when his body squeaks, the merengue lacks time to ring true. During the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against PSG, Carlo Ancelotti had even lined up his talisman just back from injury and not yet fully recovered. Losing 1-0 at the last minute had been a true miracle, the first in a long line.

No plan B at KB“, this seems to be the leitmotiv assumed this season again. Although Benzema is very rarely in the infirmary, he is not getting any younger and he will celebrate his 35th birthday on December 19, just before the World Cup final. age is just a number…until the body says no After the win over Betis at home after 3 games away from Viking bases, the Italian Míster didn’t bat an eyelid ordinary by assuring that it does not “would kill“Not Benzema. At the same time, he doesn’t have much choice, embarrassment being much more powerful than choice.

Carlo Ancelotti and Karim Benzema

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What alternative(s)?

To offer a necessary rest to the French, adjustments will have to be considered at one time or another. But which ones? Mariano doesn’t have Benzema’s game or ability. Can Eden Hazard or Marco Asensio evolve into a false 9 when the Belgian played 39 minutes during the first two days and the Majorcan, pushed all summer towards the exit, settled for 7 minutes against Celta? Unless Vinicius Jr or Rodrygo finish the matches in the middle? Today, the question does not yet arise. There is also no question: Benzema played the entirety of the European Super Cup and the first 4 days of La Liga. For now, he has 3 goals but only one has been scored in the game and his match against the Verdiblancos could have been more convincing.

Mariano Diaz

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However, between Antoine Griezmann’s state of form and his lesser playing time at Atlético due, perhaps, to a clause in his contract, much more surely at the level of Joao Félix and Álvaro Morata, the persistent physical concerns of N’Golo Kanté and the Pogba affair, Didier Deschamps certainly does not want to see that Ancelotti has worn down the physique of the prodigal son too much. Indispensable to Real Madrid as well as to the France team, Karim Benzema is a victim of his success. Everything arrives at the right time for those who know how to wait. However, heading into what is expected to be their last World Cup (and only their second), KB9 will have barely 10 days to recharge and be ready to face Australia on November 22. Be careful of the short circuit.


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