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Officially.. Real Madrid announces the final position of Benzema’s participation in the derby

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema continues to be absent from his team’s training, days before the derby meeting against Atletico Madrid, in the sixth round of La Liga, at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Real Madrid announced that Benzema had injured the semitendinosus and strained the quadriceps muscle in his right thigh, during the Celtic Champions League meeting.

It was reported that Real Madrid’s medical staff considered that the appropriate date for Benzema’s return was the second of October, after the international break, in order to fully recover.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti stated that he would not risk the French striker, and would not pay him unless he was 100% ready.

Kouora highlights the results of the derby meetings in the absence of Benzema, since he joined the ranks of the Merengue:

Benzema missed 6 derby matches, so the royal team won 5 matches and received one defeat.

In La Liga, he was out of the list to face the derby in the 29th round of the season (2009-2010), and then the royal won (3-2).

Also last season (2021-2022), Benzema did not participate against Atleti in their stronghold, in the match that Roji Blancos won with a goal.

In the King’s Cup, he missed two matches, the first in the second leg of the quarter-finals, and the royal won with a goal for the 2010-2011 season, and the second in the second leg of the semi-finals of the 2013-2014 season, and the royal won a double without a response.

In the Champions League season (2014-2015), Benzema missed the second leg of the quarter-final injury, and Meringue won with a goal.

In the Spanish Super, specifically in the championship final for the 2019-2020 season, Benzema missed an injury, in the match that his companions won on penalties (4-1) after the end of normal time and overtime in a goalless draw.

A mission that seems impossible for Real Madrid, tomorrow, Sunday at nine in the evening, when facing Atletico in the capital’s derby, in the absence of French striker Karim Benzema, one of the main pillars of the team. Without him, Meringue played 26 games, achieving 16 victories, 4 draws and 6 defeats.

Benzema had felt trouble in his right knee during the match against Celtic in the Champions League and things seemed to be not going well, and indeed, he was diagnosed with a double injury to the muscle and the right knee, and it is likely that the Frenchman will return to the team after the international break on the second of October Next first in front of Osasuna.

Real Madrid has so far been able to remain without Benzema thanks to the brilliance of Uruguayan Fede Valverde and the Brazilian Rodrigo Goes, as well as the high level of Vinicius Junior to outdo himself after his legendary performance last season.

In the absence of Benzema, Real Madrid beat Celtic 0-3 (the result was a 0-0 draw until the moment he was injured), Mallorca 4-1, and Leipzig 2-0. A pattern that does not apply to all the matches in which the Frenchman missed Real Madrid in previous seasons, but it provides positive indicators, although the numbers do not reflect everything.

For example, Real Madrid won without its most prominent star over Inter Milan and Elche, but drew against Villarreal and Cadiz, while losing to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao. A total of five wins, two draws and three defeats.

However, each match has its own circumstances, while the loss against Bilbao is an embodiment of the impact of Benzema’s absence when Isco Alarcon was forced to play as a fake striker due to the lack of alternatives in front of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The Merengue players admitted, after the defeat at the hands of Barca, that they entered the match with an excessive feeling of confidence due to the 12-point difference in La Liga, and the lack of motivation was clear from the first minute, and the result was 0-4 for the Blaugrana, although the defeat did not affect the course of things in the league nor the destination of the shield. .

And the last meeting that Real Madrid played without Benzema last season was the Madrid derby, after Real won the League and a few days after reaching the Champions League final after another historic remontada. The Italian Carlo Ancelotti made wide changes and lost the Real Madrid with a clean goal.

However, the motive factor will be completely different tomorrow, Sunday, and it will be a strong challenge for Real Madrid in the absence of Benzema and for his colleagues, who will certainly work to ensure that they are not affected by his absence.

And Ancelotti had revealed from the first moment in the pre-season, which Benzema joined a little late, that his first option to compensate for the absence of the French would be to push the Belgian Eden Hazard as a fake striker, in an attempt to bring the player back into the game after several injuries over the past three years. Since his arrival at Real Madrid, he has regained the luster of one of the world’s best players.

Given Vinicius’ tight control on the left front, Hazard moved away from his original position, prompting Ancelotti to search for alternatives, but the matter did not work, although he scored a goal and made another against Celtic, but he is still far from continuity and has played only 158 minutes since the beginning of the season.

And he appears in the same position sometimes, the brilliant Rodrigo Goes, although he prefers to play on the right side and has a high scoring sense, even if he did not get many minutes this season. The Brazilian starred against Mallorca with a superb goal when he manipulated the opponent’s defense inside his penalty area, as well as creating another goal, but he still has not celebrated yet in his favorite tournament: the Champions.

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