Zinedine Zidane has praised Karim Benzema as one of the best French striker ever after scoring one other brace in Actual Madrid‘s 3-1 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao.
Toni Kroos put Madrid forward within the first half after Athletic had been diminished to 10 males, however Ander Capa‘s equaliser threatened to finish their profitable run earlier than Benzema scored his fifth and sixth league targets of the season.
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“He is one of the best,” Zidane stated in his post-match information convention. “With out enjoying a extremely good recreation at this time, he scored twice once more. He at all times reveals up, that is what the nice gamers do.”
The French coach was requested if he believed Benzema, 32, deserved to be ranked forward of legendary compatriots similar to Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin and Thierry Henry.
“For me, sure,” Zidane stated. “He reveals it with what he is doing. He is performed at Actual Madrid for a very long time, greater than 500 video games. His targets, his trophies, what he is finished, they communicate for themselves. For me he is one of the best, sure, it is clear.”
Benzema joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009 and has received 4 Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles in his time on the Bernabeu however has confronted criticism at instances over his goalscoring file.
“He is not a pure No. 9, solely enthusiastic about targets,” Zidane stated. “That is why I like him. He would not solely have that in his head. He hyperlinks up, passes to teammates. That is what I like in soccer, and he has each issues.”
It is now 4 wins in a row in all competitions for Zidane’s group, after beating Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach and Atletico Madrid final week.
The three factors noticed Actual Madrid draw degree with Actual Sociedad and Atletico Madrid on the prime of the La Liga desk, though Atletico have two video games in hand.
“It was a extremely necessary recreation for us,” Benzema stated. “We’re heading in the right direction. After we’re at this degree, issues go properly for us.”
Moreover his two targets on Tuesday night time, one first-half second through which the ahead performed a go by controlling the ball together with his again caught the attention.
“What can I say, I see soccer like that,” he stated. “If I can do it, I will do it, if it’s a necessity. I will not say I practise it, but when the ball involves me like that, I’ve to do one thing.”