Still fresh from the hangover of their stunning win over Paris-Saint Germain, Real Madrid pulled off another dominating victory over Mallorca. With this win, they go ten points clear of Sevilla, having played an equal number of games.
However, not all was well at Son Moix. Carlo Ancelotti’s side walked away with three points, there was a price to pay.
According to reports from Fernando Palomi, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo, and Ferland Mendy left the field injured on the night and are a doubt for the next game: El Clasico vs Barcelona.
Real Madrid take on Barcelona on 20th March at the Santiago Bernabeu for their second league clash of the season. The Madrid based side have beaten the Catalans twice already, but the situation is now different.
Barcelona have begun to string together a good run of form under Xavi Hernandez and look more confident than ever. In such circumstances, Ancelotti will hope the injuries to his stars are not severe.
Benzema has carried Los Blancos‘ attack this season with over 45 goal contributions. He has scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in the league alone.
The other absence worrying the manager will be that of Ferland Mendy, especially given that Marcelo can no longer provide as much quality at left-back.
Nevertheless, Ancelotti has options to cover for the absentees if forced to. Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale would be suitable options to play in place of Rodrygo and Benzema, respectively while Nacho Fernandez could cover at left-back for the game against Barcelona.
“Even Cristiano could not stand the training that he does” – Personal trainer praises Benzema
Karim Benzema will not be a part of the Real Madrid squad traveling to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup this week. He will remain in the Spanish capital in order to recover from the muscular injury he suffered during the game against Valencia.
In light of his injury, Benzema’s personal trainer Javier Atalaya spoke to the media (h/t Mundo Deportivo), confirming that the forward is getting better every day and is recovering well from the knock.
“We are calm with Benzema because it is not a serious injury. Karim is getting better every day. He is at home, having nothing to do, and he goes down to the gym to train,” Atalaya said. “The Frenchman’s mentality is to improve every day”.
Atalaya, who was also the personal trainer of Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Real Madrid, added that some of Benzema’s training sessions even surpass that of Ronaldo.
“Even Cristiano could not stand the training that Benzema does,” said Atalaya, who has worked closely with a variety of top players across Europe.
Benzema, who has retired from international football following a row with the French national team during the World Cup, has had struggles with his fitness this season. He has missed a number of matches in La Liga, which has led to Real Madrid’s inconsistency in the league.
But Los Blancos will be hoping to have the Frenchman back as soon as possible, especially ahead of a crucial UEFA Champions League knockout round encounter against Liverpool.
In the meantime, Real Madrid will focus on the FIFA Club World Cup this week, with the European champions set to take on Al Ahly in the semifinal in Rabat this evening.
Rodrygo, who has recently professed his desire to win the Club World Cup, is expected to deputise for the injured Benzema in the coming matches.