Zinedine Zidane has lauded Karim Benzema as the best French striker ever subsequent to scoring another support in Real Madrid’s 3-1 La Liga prevail upon Athletic Bilbao.
Toni Kroos put Madrid ahead in the first half after Athletic had been diminished to 10 men, however Ander Capa’s equalizer took steps to end their triumphant run before Benzema scored his fifth and 6th league goals of the season.
“He’s the best,” Zidane said in his post-match news conference. “Without playing a really good game today, he scored twice again. He always shows up, that’s what the great players do.”
The French coach was inquired as to whether he trusted Benzema, 32, had the right to be positioned in front of unbelievable countrymen, for example, Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin and Thierry Henry.
“For me, yes,” Zidane said. “He shows it with what he’s doing. He’s played at Real Madrid for a long time, more than 500 games. His goals, his trophies, what he’s done, they speak for themselves. For me he’s the best, yes, it’s clear.”
Benzema joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009 and has won four Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles in his time at the Bernabeu however has confronted analysis on occasion over his goalscoring record.
“He isn’t a pure No. 9, only thinking about goals,” Zidane said. “That’s why I love him. He doesn’t only have that in his head. He links up, passes to teammates. That’s what I like in football, and he has both things.”
It’s presently four successes in a row in all competitions for Zidane’s team, in the wake of beating Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach and Atletico Madrid a week ago.
The three points saw Real Madrid draw level with Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid at the highest point of the La Liga table, despite the fact that Atletico have two games close by.
“It was a really important game for us,” Benzema said. “We’re on the right track. When we’re at this level, things go well for us.”
Other than his two objectives on Tuesday night, one first-half second in which the forward played a pass by controlling the ball with his back grabbed the attention.
“What can I say, I see football like that,” he said. “If I can do it, I’ll do it, if it’s necessary. I won’t say I practise it, but if the ball comes to me like that, I have to do something.”