Karim Benzema has been in the thick of things in European football throughout the year, especially due to his blistering performances in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Many Real Madrid fans across the world have been left surprised by this sudden deactivation of to his social media accounts. Many speculate that the forward’s accounts may have been hacked while others suggest he may have shut them down temporarily.
Benzema’s social media accounts have become inaccessible shortly after Real Madrid’s match-up against Real Betis on Saturday.
The Frenchman started the game at the Santiago Bernabeu, helping Los Blancos secure a 2-1 victory over Los Beticos.
Benzema, though, was not able to impact the game much as the hosts had to rely on the performances of Rodrygo and Aurelien Tchouameni to get them over the line.
With four wins on the trot to start the season, Real Madrid fans and Benzema himself will be hoping to continue their blistering run of them when Los Blancos take on Celtic in the UEFA Champions League this midweek.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.