Going into the season with Karim Benzema as the only out-and-out striker was always going to be a risk for Real Madrid despite Carlo Ancelotti insisting that he plans to use the likes of Rodrygo Goes and Eden Hazard in the No. 9 role.
Less than a month into the campaign, Real Madrid are now sweating over the French goalscorer’s fitness. Benzema picked up a knee injury just thirty minutes into Los Blancos’ Champions League opener against Celtic on Tuesday night.
However, the latest reports from journalist Carlos Rodriguez do not make for good reading for Real Madrid fans.
As per the journalist, the feelings surrounding Benzema’s injury currently ‘are not good’. The Frenchman will be subjected to medical examinations either today or tomorrow following which the full extent of his injury and the subsequent time on the sidelines will emerge.
For now, though, it seems like Benzema has been all but ruled out of the upcoming La Liga game against RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Hazard, who scored against Celtic, in line to start as the centre-forward.
If the Frenchman’s injury is serious, it could threaten to derail Los Merengues’ defence of the La Liga and Champions League titles. The UEFA Best Player of the Year was the driving force behind the Spanish capital club’s success last season and any time he spends on the sidelines will be a blow.
For now, the feeling surrounding Benzema’s injury situation is not good and a clear picture of his condition should come to light once the medical tests are conducted later today or some time tomorrow.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.