A riddle. Karim Benzema has still not entered his Euro 2020. Services which annoy more and more the media which claim the tenure of Giroud for some. In a press conference, Deschamps and Griezmann stepped up to defend the Real Madrid striker.
This Monday, the newspaper L’Equipe gave a layer by headline: “The click, quickly!” with a photo of Karim Benzema. In a column, Bixente Lizarazu tries to explain the discomfort KB (1) 9 among the Blues. For the 98 world champion, the arrival of the player did not improve the game of the France team because “it was precisely to allow the Blues to be more fluid in the short game, in small spaces, facing grouped defenses.” Which was a big failure against Hungary.
According to Lizarazu, there are “such an expectation around him that it must necessarily impact him psychologically and tense him physically.” While specifying that if he did not score, he could become “a heavy weight to carry and load the atmosphere.” He then concludes: “Mechanically, Benzema’s recall has not been favorable to other players. “
In the paper of our colleagues, a relative of the player tries to calm the situation. “Karim does not take the lead ” he begins. “If he had scored in a prep match or against Germany (1-0) with this goal refused at the end of the game, he might have put his good action against the Hungarians. But it may be bad for good to miss a match like that, and that has no consequences. Karim feels good physically. He is comfortable in this collective. He waits for it to laugh. “
The statistics with the Blues hurt: in 30 attempts at goal on his three disputed Euros (2008 – 2012 – 2021), La Benz has not scored a single goal. An anomaly for a player of his caliber. According to opta, “Since 1980 only Spaniard Andrés Iniesta (34) and Dutchman Clarence Seedorf (33) have attempted more shots without scoring in the EURO.”
With the pressure which is increasing in France, Didier Deschamps will he continue to trust the former banned? Answer this Wednesday during the shock of this group F against Portugal (21H).