In an interview with the Movistar + channel, Karim Benzema compliments his young teammate Vinicius, whom he sometimes shakes to make him progress. Last October, he was caught railing against his game.
Forgotten the controversy: Karim Benzema sees great potential in his young teammate Vinicius. But he does not hesitate to make him understand things in a sometimes direct way, as the French striker confides in an interview with the Spanish channel, Movistar +.
“Vini is a very young player, reminds” KB9 “. I believe in him, because he has everything to succeed here. That’s why I talk a lot, a lot with him on the pitch, off the pitch … Sometimes I talk to him a little loud but it’s for him. I know he can give more because he’s a phenomenon when he wants to. “
The young Brazilian winger proved it this week by scoring a brace against Liverpool (3-1) in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. The story between Benzema and Vinicius has sometimes been stormy. Last October, the French striker was caught railing against the game of his young teammate.
Exceeded by the choices of Vini Jr, Benzema had confided in Ferland Mendy at half-time of the match against Mönchengladbach (2-2) in the group stage.
“He does anything, he had launched in a conversation captured by the cameras in the hallway of the locker room. Brother, I am not playing with, my mother’s life. He is playing against us.”
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During the second period of this meeting, Benzema had kept his promises by sending no pass to the young Brazilian. Since then, the latter has repeatedly said that relations with the former Lyonnais were good. Arrived at 18 at Real from Flamengo (against 45 million euros in 2018), Vinicius has often been criticized for his performance. But Zinedine Zidane appreciates his speed and technique and has made it a key part of his squad. This season, the left winger has scored six goals in 37 games.