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Real Madrid legend makes controversial claim about Benzema: “Can’t let your club down”

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Following Real Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Monday night, club legend Guti has hit out at Karim Benzema, claiming that the Frenchman is letting the team down by prioritising the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Real Madrid’s loss to Rayo meant that they have won just one of their last four fixtures in all competitions, while they have now fallen two points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race. The gap could widen to five points if Barça beat CA Osasuna later tonight.

The recent results have allowed the Blaugrana to gain an advantage in the battle for the league crown. And it has coincided with Benzema’s absence from matches due to ‘muscle fatigue’.

The 34-year-old Ballon d’Or winner has missed each of Real Madrid’s last three La Liga matches, two of which they have failed to win.

There have been doubts that Benzema’s absence has more to do with him avoiding risking a serious injury ahead of the FIFA World Cup even though Carlo Ancelotti has been denying any such notions.

However, club legend Guti has now lashed out at the French international claiming that he is letting the team down, citing names like Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski as examples who continue to play for their clubs despite the World Cup looming.

“I don’t understand him. Messi is playing with PSG, Lewandowski is playing with Barcelona and so many other players. You have to accept the risk of injuries before the World Cup, you can’t let your club down,” Guti said on El Chiringuito TV.

The former Real Madrid superstar also questioned the team’s decision not to sign a replacement for the veteran centre-forward, saying: “We all knew this could happen, I don’t understand how Madrid doesn’t have a replacement.”

Despite the lack of a natural striker to cover for Benzema, Ancelotti has remained adamant that Real Madrid will not enter the market for a new player in the position in the January transfer window.

Rodrygo Goes has done well when deployed as a No. 9, but with their title defence showing signs of falling apart, it would bode well for Los Blancos to look for a new striker come the winter window.

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  1. Elisha

    November 8, 2022 at 11:18 am

    The coach should know that you can’t manage real madrid like other clubs that you can be there for 25 years and over….this is real madrid…we needed replacement for benz…he made it clear that his squad is good to go. I really don’t understand the coach…maybe his last time is at end of the season…hala madrid ✌ ✌ ✌

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’

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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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