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France manager talks Benzema’s injury situation and Camavinga’s selection for World Cup



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A lot has been said about Karim Benzema missing Real Madrid’s final three matches ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Some theories even talk of a possible conspiracy, saying that he faked his injury to keep himself fit for the global tournament.

France National Team manager Didier Deschamps gave an interview to TF1 last night, after he named the squad for the World Cup, where he had a lot to say about the striker.

Speaking about Benzema’s injury situation and fitness ahead of the World Cup, Deschamps said,

“He knows that the World Cup is a very important moment for him. He will do everything, like the whole group, to be ready on November 22.”

He then revealed the reason for the striker’s fitness troubles and held his excessive game time responsible for the same.

“There was a period where Benzema played too much and is now paying the price with small injuries. But he knows the World Cup is important.”

The manager shut down all rumours of Benzema intentionally not playing for Los Blancos and revealed the striker’s recovery status.

“It’s not that Benzema did not want to play for Real Madrid, he was just not ready. But I’m sure he will be ready for the World Cup.”

Eduardo Camavinga’s call-up to the National Team was a pleasant surprise for Real Madrid fans, for the player had been far from his best in the minutes he played for the club this season.

Deschamps justified his decision of calling up the youngster and called his versatility a big advantage, saying:

“Things happen when he’s on the pitch. He doesn’t get everything right, he has a preferred position but having his versatility is an advantage.”

Along with Camavinga and Benzema, Aurelien Tchouameni is another Real Madrid player who made the cut to the France squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022. But Ferland Mendy missed out on the final list released by Deschamps.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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