Not always tender with Karim Benzema when he officiated on the bench of Real Madrid, José Mourinho is today a big fan of the Frenchman.
Karim Benzema was not always at the party under the orders of José Mourinho at Real Madrid. Obviously, the press conference in the fall of 2010 during which José Mourinho described the French as a cat, complained very loudly that Benzema was not the hunting dog he needed at the forefront of the attack. A small sentence which had pushed the former Lyonnais to go to see his trainer in his room for a text explanation. “I told him what I had to say to him. It took an hour. I am a soccer player. You are my trainer, I respect you. Respect me as a player. And from that moment on, there were no more cats, dogs or whatever ”, had told KB9 in the report “the K Benzema”.
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José Mourinho’s outlook on Karim Benzema has since changed a lot. Present at the talkSport microphone to evoke the pitiful elimination of the Blues against Switzerland, the coach of AS Rome has also confided his sadness for his former player. ” He is the reason why I am a little sad that France did not pass because I think Benzema could be… Cristiano Ronaldo no, Lionel Messi no, Mbappe no… I think Benzema would have finally had the chance to get an award, the Golden Ball or something, he explained. He’s an incredible player, he played so well, under tremendous pressure. When he came back to the national team he was under tremendous pressure and he was fantastic.»
José Mourinho, on the other hand, was much more severe with the France team in general and with Paul Pogba in particular. “France is the team that makes me say that they have to blame themselves. They started the game badly against Switzerland, they came back in a fantastic way showing their immense talent. But when I saw the way they were celebrating the third goal, I didn’t like it, he confided. I had the feeling that the players were already seeing themselves celebrating on the Eiffel Tower! They were dancing from side to side, I don’t know what that dance was but they did different dances… but there were 20 minutes left, the match was not over! ”
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