Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is set to miss Los Blancos’ must-win home clash against Levante after the international break (October 20th).
The 30-year-old, who has failed to score in each of his past seven matches after a strong start to the campaign, was substituted at half-time during the 1-0 defeat at Alaves last weekend.
Benzema is suffering with a calf problem and although tests have revealed the injury is not serious, Julen Lopetegui will run the rule over Frenchman’s fitness with Mariano waiting in the wings.
Los Blancos’ 1-0 loss to Alaves on Saturday means they’ve picked up just one point from the last nine available in La Liga, while they also suffered a shock defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in midweek. They failed to score in any of these games, their first such run in 33 years.
New signings Mariano Diaz and Vinicius Junior are still finding their feet, with Lopetegui’s handling of the latter being questioned as the young Brazilian was in the reserves for the first month of the season before making his first-team debut last weekend, during the 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid.
The club’s transfer business is also being questioned, as despite being linked with Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar, no high-profile signing was made, even as Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Juventus with no proven goalscorer to replace the 50 goals per season the Portuguese brought to the side.
Lopetegui will have welcomed the international break, but the Spaniard’s work is cut out to arrest Madrid’s slide.
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After another disappointing weekend in La Liga the pressure is mounting on the Spanish giants and manager Julen Lopetegui.
Los Blancos currently sit fourth on the table after their shock loss to Alaves yesterday, one point behind Barcelona and cross town rivals Atletico, and two behind surprise leaders Sevilla.
1:20am – Julen Lopetegui’s job is safe for now
Despite the four-game winless and goalless run, manager Julen Lopetegui’s job is not in danger for the time being, according to reports.
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9:08pm – Hazard reignites Madrid speculation
Eden Hazard has often been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, most recently this summer, and the Chelsea star fuelled speculation yet again, saying playing for Los Blancos has been a dream of his since he was a kid.
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1:30pm – Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema nominated for Ballon d’Or
Los Blancos heroes Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are among the first nominees announced for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
The honour, now separate from FIFA’s own Best player of the year award, is bestowed annually by France football magazine with the 30 nominees announced in groups of five, in alphabetical order.
To find out who else joined the Real duo in the first quintet click HERE
11:03am – Real Madrid want Harry Kane to solve their lack of goals
After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid are suffering a goal drought with no goals in the last four games.
The problem came to a head on the weekend when Los Blancos suffered a shock 1-0 reverse to Alaves in LaLiga.