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Zidane: Benzema needs to score for France, not Real Madrid

by Tom Conn | Posted on Saturday, October 12th, 2013

French national team legend and Real Madrid assistant manager, Zinedine Zidane feels it’s necessary for striker Karim Benzema to score goals for France, but doesn’t feel it’s as necessary with Real Madrid, despite the massive amount of criticism Benzema’s received in recent weeks.

benzema-zidane-2In an interview with French sports daily, L’Equipe, Zindane explained the differing roles of Benzema on his respective sides.

“Right now he isn’t scoring goals, which is what everyone is asking him to do, so he is not doing well.

“He works very hard in training, he is focused and takes his work seriously. I have told him to not think too much about his form. The day that he scores a goal or two, everything’s going to change, especially with France.

“With Madrid it’s different, because they play in a different way. He is the most important player in the France team, alongside Ribery, and that’s why more is demanded of him. He needs to score goals, he needs to be involved in the play at all times, and he is even judged on his comments to the press.”

Zidane then discussed his role as assistant manager at Real Madrid.

“It’s completely different to with Mourinho, back then I was the director of the team and I wasn’t down near the pitch and didn’t have any say in what happened on the pitch. I wasn’t in any meetings with the team, and didn’t contribute to tactics.

“Right now I have a proper role, I have to tell Ancelotti how I view things, we exchange opinions about the players and decide what needs to be done to the team.”

Almost as if he heard Zidane’s comments, Bezema scored his first goal for France in 1221 minute on Friday evening.

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