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Reason behind France manager’s alleged frosty relationship with Benzema – report



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The fact that the reigning Ballon d’Or winner did not take part in the FIFA World Cup was a massive letdown. Given that it is the biggest stage in world football, it is only fitting that the biggest names participate.

Karim Benzema’s imperious 2021-22 run helped him win the UEFA Champions League and La Liga title with Real Madrid and earn the Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career. However, little did one expect that the prestigious award would also have a role to play in Benzema’s exclusion from the World Cup.

Romain Molina reports that the Real Madrid striker’s decision to not give Didier Deschamps any credit at the Ballon d’Or ceremony set off a chain reaction. It angered the coach and the staff, souring relations with the player.

Regardless of the friction, the veteran striker was called up for the World Cup squad and began training with the group.

However, he was sent back at the earliest possible moment, and it seems that the manager did not wait for a proper evaluation of Benzema’s injury before sending him back to Madrid.

Despite having the player fit and available for the knockouts, Deschamps neither called up Benzema nor acknowledged the possibility of him playing.

Now, the saga seems to have ended in the worst way possible with Benzema announcing his retirement from the National Team.

In seven league games for Real Madrid this season, the goalscorer has found the back of the net five times and provided one assist.

His start to the season has not been as explosive as one would have imagined, but there is the hope that he will channel his recent frustration to bring out his best in the second half of the season.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla



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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.


Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.


Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.


As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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