Benzema, in the first round match against Atlético.JUAN MEDINA / Reuters
Zinedine Zidane recovers for the derby this Sunday (16.15, Movistar LaLiga) his only forward, Karim Benzema . The only one who considers qualified to be the nine of Real Madrid and the only one who was healthy after Mariano's injury . The player reaches the crucial duel against Atlético after two weeks and three games absent (Valladolid, Atalanta and Real Sociedad) due to muscle discomfort in the abductor of the left leg and with only two training sessions with the group. The coach did not clarify, however, if the Frenchman will start at the Wanda. "We are not going to risk," he warned.
The white coach took advantage of the news of Benzema's return to once again show his unconditional love for him. “He is special because of what he does on the field. It is a joy for football and for me as a coach. He has improved a lot in these ten years that he has been here, ”he commented.
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His dedication to him, of course, is accompanied this season, as in the previous two, by figures that accentuate the gulf that has opened between the French and the rest of attackers. If Benzema's 17 goals are left out, only one member of the offensive trio appears among the next five players with the most goals scored: Vinicius with four. Asensio, who is the second player from the top with the most minutes, has only been two.
Zizou was asked about this hole in his appearance prior to the confrontation at the Metropolitan and the coach, in his own way, did not deny the evidence. “It is true that we want to score more goals. The important thing is to create chances, and lately we are doing more. And then each player can improve and give more, surely. Everyone. I remember that I did not score many goals. It was a goal to get more. Our players have the quality to improve their data for the goal, "he said.
One of those assigned to add coal to the goal stove was Hazard, but the Belgian is still unavailable. When his last injury was known, the fourth of this season , it was estimated that the loss would last for about five weeks, just the time that has passed since then. However, the Belgian has not yet joined the group. "Let's hope that this coming week he can be with us definitively," said Zidane, who denied that he had suffered a relapse. Three weeks ago, in the run-up to the clash against Valencia, he already said that he hoped that in a few days Hazard could "do something" with the rest of his teammates, a fact that did not happen. “We want him to be 100% when he returns. We are not going to risk anything. Little by little, without haste. He is fine, "he said this Saturday. For this reason, he added, his absence “has been a little bigger.”
Except for surprise, Benzema will have minutes against Atlético, but if the Frenchman does not start, ZZ will have to resort again to an unusual drawing, with a false nine. He already used it against Atalanta , with Isco in that position. Another alternative is to get hold of the youth squad Hugo Duro, who has eight goals for Castilla.