Real boss Zidane blasts Lineker over Benzema criticism

Date published: Sunday 22nd October 2017 11:05

Zinedine Zidane has hit out at Gary Lineker for the pundit’s comments over Karim Benzema.

Lineker questioned Benzema during Real’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham in midweek.

The pundit called the striker ‘overrated’, and Zidane issued a defence despite Benzema having scored just two goals and assisted one in eight games this season.

“For people who know about football to say that, is a disgrace; for me he is the best there is,” he said.

“I don’t know if people think the No 9 has to score 50 goals. Karim is not going to score 60 goals, but he will score 25, and he will give 30 passes to goal.

“Such comments annoy me but they cannot be avoided. For me he is the best by some distance.

“Everyone can give an opinion and some people might believe a No 9 has to score more goals but it’s not just about that.

“Karim has everything. He scores goals. He doesn’t score 50 but he does get 25 or 30 a year, that’s what he’ll score this season.

“I’m more interested with how he combines with other players. What pleases me is good football. People can give their opinion that a No 9 should be about goals, okay, but that’s not my philosophy.”

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