‘Lineker’s Benzema criticism embarrassing’ – Zidane hails ‘the best’ striker

Zinedine Zidane has labelled Gary Lineker’s criticism of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as “embarrassing”. During Madrid’s 1-1 Champions League draw against Tottenham on Tuesday, former England striker Lineker tweeted to claim Benzema was “a tad overrated” and “decent, not great”. The 29-year-old Frenchman endured a frustrating outing in front of goal in midweek, with

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Zidane defends under-fire Benzema

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has brushed aside criticism of Karim Benzema and insisted the striker is having a “great season”. The France international was the subject of jeers from the Madrid faithful during last weekend’s 2-1 LaLiga win over Malaga, while his recent displays have come under fire. Benzema has failed to find the

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Zidane ~ Ronaldo has rested enough

Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Real Madrid’s starting XI for this weekend’s LaLiga encounter with Granada, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed. The Portugal captain was among a number of first-teamers rested for Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey and reports from Spain suggested he could also sit out Saturday’s match at the

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LaLiga lead counts for nothing ~ Zidane

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid’s six-point cushion over Barcelona at LaLiga’s summit counts for nothing. The European champions – on a club-record equalling run of 34 matches unbeaten in all competitions – have won 10 and drawn four of their 14 domestic outings in 2016-17. That has allowed them to open a healthy lead over

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Zidane refutes Clasico conspiracy theories

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed claims Clasico referee Carlos Clos Gomez is biased towards Barcelona. Sections of the Spanish press have suggested Clos Gomez favours Barca, pointing out that the Catalans have never lost a game with the 44-year-old as referee. He has also been accused of anti-Madrid bias on more than one

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