The return of Karim Benzema to the France team gives an additional weapon to the attack of the Blues. In an editorial for the tabloid The Sun, José Mourinho was dithyrambic and praised the immense qualities of the Real goalscorer.
Newly appointed to the bench for Roma, after his departure from Tottenham, José Mourinho also joined the editorial staff of The Sun newspaper for the duration of the Euro. With his usual verve, the Portuguese technician has already made people talk about him by making the Blues the big favorite of the tournament, attracting a little spade full of irony from Didier Deschamps. In his editorial of the day devoted to four strikers he has coached (Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Karim Benzema), the “Special One” is full of praise for the tricolor striker. Compliments to match the hopes placed in Karim Benzema.
“The best compliment you can give Karim Benzema is that Cristiano Ronaldo was in love with him at Real Madrid, the Special One immediately assured. And for Cristiano, being in love with another striker means that ‘he does a lot for Cristiano. And Karim does a lot for every striker who plays around him. Karim is probably the only number 9 I know who is not selfish in his game. His vision of the game is amazing, the way that he likes to play football, it is to evolve a lot of freedom. “
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Mourinho impatient to see the Blues attacking trio
Back with the Blues after a long absence due to the so-called sex-tape affair, Karim Benzema showed good things against Wales (3-0) and before coming out injured against Bulgaria (3 -0). Despite a great desire, the Real Madrid striker has still not scored but has combined well with his attacking partners.
“I would say Harry Kane scores more goals, probably has more of that killer instinct than Karim, said the man who led him at Madrid between 2010 and 2013 again. But Karim, as a player, is absolutely amazing and when you look at the French team and you imagine Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé playing with him, I think it can be something big. Mbappé is very, very fast. Griezmann has an incredible quality of strike and he arrives behind the attacking and between the lines. And Karim, the way he interacts with people, is fantastic. “
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Mourinho: “Benzema will bring out the best of Mbappé”
Aligned in a 4-4-2 diamond with an Antoine Griezmann in support of the duo Benzema-Mbappé, the tricolor attack showed beautiful things during the preparation. According to José Mourinho, this agreement could even be sublimated during the Euro thanks to the ability of the Madrilenian to make his partners shine.
“Karim Benzema will bring out the best of Kylian Mbappé, as he did in Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo, concluded the new Roma coach. Like Harry Kane with Heung-Min Son. […] These interactions are very important and I believe that Karim Benzema, in this France team, can do it very, very well. “