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Benzema once again ‘On Fire!!!’

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Karim Benzema has started the 2020/21 season with four goals in Real Madrid’s 6-0 friendly victory over Getafe at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano on Tuesday.


The Frenchman picked up the baton from Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Juventus in 2018 and, since then, he has scored 57 goals for Los Blancos.

Unlike Gareth Bale, Benzema has been the only Real Madrid forward who has tried to fill the void left by the Portugal international.

Last season he competed until the end with Lionel Messi for LaLiga Santander’s top scorer award, although he didn’t manage to overtake the Argentine.

Real Madrid signed Luka Jovic in the summer of 2019 to help Benzema with the scoring task, but the Serbian striker didn’t live up to the expectations and it was Sergio Ramos who finished as the team’s second top scorer.

The Frenchman’s four goals against Jose Bordalas’ side on Tuesday is just a sign that he is once again in position to help his club meet their objectives.


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Benzema or Messi? See Guardiola’s shocking answer on who the best is


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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has spoken about his side’s upcoming Champions League round of 16 second leg clash with Real Madrid.

The Catalan discussed Zinedine Zidane’s approach, Karim Benzema and his own defence, as well as revealing that Eric Garcia doesn’t want to renew his contract.

Guardiola feels that the second leg will be very different to the first which his side won 2-1.

“The first leg was played a long time ago, a long time,” he said during his press conference.

“They are different games.

“We are at home, but without our fans.

“This sport is for the people. The players want to play with them in the stands and for themselves, but now it is not possible.

“This is reality. The first thing is health. We will see when it will be possible [to have fans].

“It matters more that the children return to school than fans to the stadiums.”

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Asked about his leaky defence, Guardiola doesn’t feel any special measures need to be taken.

“Every situation is different,” he said.

“In this competition, mistakes punish you a lot.

“We have talked about that, but sometimes you just have to applaud the opponent.

“We are aware that we have to take another step.”

The City coach also praised Zinedine Zidane for his unpredictability.

“I think [Madrid] are a team that you expect them to be one way and they come out another,” he said.

“We have talked about them, but we have focused more on ourselves, on what we have to do to beat them.

“In the first leg we saw more things from Madrid, because we knew them less.”

Guardiola’s Barcelona past is well known but the Catalan maintains that defeating facing Real Madrid needs no added motivation.

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“No. Of course I’m a Barcelona supporter, but I’ve already played against Bayern and Barcelona,” he said.

“I’m focused on what we have to do for this club to get to the next round.

“I want to beat any opponent, whoever they are.”

Karim Benzema is among the main men to watch for City, and Guardiola was full of praise for the Frenchman, although he didn’t want to go too far.

“Benzema is extraordinary, fantastic,” he said.

“But since my time at Barcelona there have been 20 players that have come onto the scene and people have asked if we can compare him with [Leo] Messi. 20 players.”

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Guardiola confirmed that Eric Garcia doesn’t want to renew his contract with the club which is set to expire in the summer of 2021.

With Barcelona interested in the youngster, it appears likely that the Catalans will be encouraged to make a move for the defender.

“He has a year left, but he has already told us that he does not want to renew,” Guardiola revealed during his press conference.

“So we assume that he will want to play elsewhere.”

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Benzema is the best no.9 in Europe

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More than a decade, 11 seasons, has passed since Karim Benzema first joined Real Madrid.

His journey has been the opposite of the typical route, with his doubters appearing at the start of his journey rather than after 10 years.

With Zinedine Zidane in charge, there is no doubt that everything will go through Benzema when it comes to Real Madrid’s attack.

“He’s more than a nine, but he scores goals like a number nine,” Zidane explained.

The weight on Benzema’s shoulders is enormous and the last man to perform the same role for a similar period was Santillana, who spent 17 seasons at the club.

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In his third campaign, he missed almost the whole season through injury, but after he returned he became the reference point in attack.

It wasn’t until 1985 when he began to hand over the baton to Hugo Sanchez.

Ever since Jose Mourinho thought Emmanuel Adebayor could compete with him, no one has been able to put up a fight.

Real Madrid are browsing the market for a centre-forward, like Erling Haaland, but they do so knowing that with each passing season, Benzema gets better.

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Barcelona: Villa, Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez

Adapting to Lionel Messi is no easy task and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had that role when Benzema arrived in Spain, with the Swede having cost 46 million euros plus Samuel Eto’o.

He lasted one season and David Villa replaced him for 40 million euros a year later, with Alexis Sanchez coming in for 26 million euros when he picked up a serious injury.

In the end, Luis Suarez arrived for 81 million euros and he led the way, but as he ages, the club are now looking to Lautaro Martinez.

Atletico: Merry-go-round of forwards

There have been plenty of changes at Atletico Madrid, from Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero to Radamel Falcao in 2011, Diego Costa in 2012 and even Villa as Costa’s partner in 2014.

After winning the league, plenty of forwards passed through the club, including Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandzukic, Fernando Torres, Kevin Gameiro and now Alvaro Morata.

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Manchester City: Aguero

City have had plenty of forwards in a back-up role, such as Adebayor, Mario Balotelli, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Gabriel Jesus, but no one has replaced Aguero’s goals.

Bayern Munich: Lewandowski’s era

When Benzema came to Real Madrid in 2009, Mario Gomez was leading the attack, then came Mandzukic from Wolfsburg, but when Robert Lewandowski signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2015, everything changed.

He has now become one of the club’s best ever forwards, alongside Gerd Muller, when he could have joined Real Madrid instead only two years earlier.

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PSG: Mauro Icardi is the latest choice

Guillaume Hoarau and Peguy Luyindula were the centre-forwards available to Paris Saint-Germain in 2009, but Gameiro arrived in 2011 to bring in real quality and it would only get better from there.

Ibrahimovic became iconic while Edinson Cavani provided an impressive return, but Mauro Icardi is the latest choice to line up alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Juventus: Frustration leading to Cristiano

Failing to replace Alessandro Del Piero, Mirko Vucinic came in and disappointed while Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Mandzukic, Morata and Gonzalo Higuain were all either past their best or not quite up to scratch.

That’s why the club decided to go all out in their pursuit of the ultimate No.9 in Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Liverpool: Champions with a false nine

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino make up Liverpool’s Premier League-winning attack which is so important to Jurgen Klopp’s role, while Divock Origi is the squad’s only out-and-out striker but rarely features.

When Benzema arrived in Madrid, the leading man was Fernando Torres, but since then Suarez, Balotelli and Andy Carroll have all taken up the role.

Chelsea: Werner is the new candidate

Didier Drogba was the obvious choice in 2012, with Fernando Torres offering an alternative when he moved to the club in 2011, but there have been plenty of others.

Morata, Michy Batshuayi, Costa, Olivier Giroud, Romelu Lukaku and Loic Remy are just some of the expensive arrivals to boost the Chelsea attack, the latest being Timo Werner.

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Benzema has his best Season this time…

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Karim Benzema’s prolific season for Real Madrid was praised by French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet.

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet heaped praise on exiled French forward Karim Benzema for his “exceptional season” with Real Madrid.

Benzema has scored 26 goals in 47 games this season to help Madrid win LaLiga, while they are in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Despite his form, Benzema last played for France in 2015 and Le Graet said in November last year the forward had played his last game for the national team.

But the FFF president was still full of praise for the 32-year-old’s performances this season.

Le Graet on Benzema’s “exceptional season
“He’s had an exceptional season with Real,” Le Graet told RMC Sport on Thursday.

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“I have already congratulated [Zinedine] Zidane who is his coach. He is one of the best players today, over the season he has just completed.

“The best? It is not up to me to judge because I haven’t seen all the games, but in my opinion he had the best season of his career.”

Madrid are due to be in action next on August 7, when they will face Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Premier League giants recorded a 2-1 win in the first leg.

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Messi distances himself from Benzema for Pinchichi Award

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Lionel Messi has one hand on the Pichichi Trophy, which is handed to the top scorer in LaLiga Santander, after netting a brace in Barcelona’s 5-0 win away at Alaves.

It takes his total to 25 goals, four ahead of Karim Benzema, who is on 21.

Fourteen of the Argentine’s goals have come with his feet, five from the penalty spot and another five from free-kicks.

If Messi does win it, he will become the first man to win it seven times, while it would also be the fourth year in a row that he’s been able to lift the trophy.

Alongside the Champions League, it is the only remaining motivation for Messi, who will watch on as Benzema plays for Real Madrid against Leganes later on Sunday night.

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Benzema confident he will surpass Messi in Golden boot

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Karim Benzema is increasingly confident he can win the LaLiga golden boot on the final day according to AS.

The Real Madrid striker is now up to 21 league goals for the season – two behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with one game to play.

And Benzema fancies his chances against relegation-battling Leganes whilst the Catalan giants travel to Alaves.

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Messi has won six of the last 10 Pichichi trophies with Cristiano Ronaldo winning three and Luis Suarez won the other.

Benzema has already matched his 2018-19 goal tally whilst his highest ever LaLiga haul came in 2016, with 24 goals.

The forward’s six league goals in 10 consecutive wins have seen Los Blancos overhaul arch rivals Barcelona and secure their first league title since 2017.

Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez called for Benzema to be given the Ballon d’Or after he scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season against Villarreal on Thursday to hand his team the title.

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has also asked Perez to give him a new contract.

‘Benzema should be the Balon d’Or,’ said Madrid’s president. ‘I have not seen any player have as good a year as him.’

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Battle of the fittest for Laliga best player, Messi or Benzema?

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Every season has its winners and losers and, in a season that has been like no other, two players have excelled over the rest.

Thanks to a wide range of data brought to us by Opta, we can look at the statistics to see whether Lionel Messi is still the king of LaLiga or if Karim Benzema has pipped the Argentine to the post this season.

With an extra three goals this campaign compared to Benzema, with Messi having scored 22 compared to 19, you cannot deny that Messi’s goal tally is better.

With 20 assists to five, he also reigns supreme over the French forward in that regard.

Not only does Messi excel in goals scored and assists, he also boasts the most passes in the final third (795 passes for Messi and 504 for Benzema) as well as the better shot conversion rate of 21.15 percent to Benzema’s 18.63 percent.

Comparison with the rest of the players
Thanks to data from FBref.com and StatsBomb we have been able to group six key striker statistics together: shots, number of dribbles completed, goals, assists, expected goals and expected assists.

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In the case of Benzema, he stands out in all but one of these statistics – the dribbling one – as being one of the top players in LaLiga.

Messi’s case is even clearer, dominating all of these six stats, barely having another player in the league ahead of him.

If we transfer this to a Football Radar, we see the greater influence Messi has over Benzema.

In the Radar, we have added the extra statistics of goals per shot percentage, expected goals excluding penalties and times in the last third of the pitch.

Not their best seasons


Even though Messi has another two games remaining this season, he could post his lowest goals tally since 2007/08.

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While it’s true that Messi has more assists than ever before, he hasn’t been as decisive as he had been in other seasons – although part of this may be down to the games missed early on through injury.

Despite having a huge influence on his team this season, Benzema also isn’t having the best campaign in comparison to previous years.

His best goal tally stands at 24, from the 2015/16, season and his conversion per shot ratio has been better in eight previous seasons.

Conclusion


With all the numbers been crunched, we can see that Messi has been a much more complete player than Benzema this year, with more influence within the team.

Yet this may not win him the league title.

This proves that Messi cannot do everything himself and needs his teammates to support him in key positions, just like Real Madrid have complemented the fantastic Benzema with players around him.

Now, Pablo Polo and Ramiro Aldunate offer their opinions on who is the king of LaLiga this season and you can also have your say by voting in the poll.

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The player of the season is Benzema, writes Pablo Polo
It has always been said that Barcelona have dominated the league in the last decade thanks to Messi. Yes, Messi has once again been decisive for his team, but there is another player who has excelled and who is set to win the title. That player is Benzema, a total striker who has some similarities with Messi, as he can play as a No.9 or a No.10. This year he has been better than the Argentine.

Benzema has scored 19 goals, only three less than Messi this season without taking all the penalties. If Ramos had allowed him to take even half of the penalties, he would practically have his first Pichichi award in his pocket. Without playing in Ronaldo’s shadow, the Frenchman has shown himself for who he is, a different type of player who makes this league better. Giving the best prize to Messi can’t be a habit just because he is called Messi. If someone plays better than him, you have to say it. It doesn’t matter. If there is no Cristiano Ronaldo to take the Champions League or the Balon d’Or it doesn’t mean that here in Spain somebody new can’t claim the throne from Messi.

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The player of the season is Messi, writes Ramiro Aldunate
It is clear that LaLiga is there for anybody to win and it looks like it is going to be Karim Benzema’s Real Madrid. It is undeniable that the Frenchman has had a fantastic season and has been key to his team’s triumph.

Having said that, I have my doubts that this has been the best season that Benzema has had in Spain. Looking at the stats definitely not, but in other aspects it’s possible that he has. As this is about comparing two players in a season, the stats say to me that Messi has scored more goals and has assisted more times than Benzema. The thing is that we are used to Messi smashing records and because this is a year where he has shone less, it seems like he hasn’t done anything. But don’t be fooled, Messi is still the king of LaLiga.

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Check-out Benzema’s new $2.5M worth Bugatti Chiron

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Real Madrid Player and former France international, Karim Benzema has taken to his social media page to show off his new $2.5m (N965m) hyper car.

The expensive car is a bugatti chiron known for comfort, luxury and speed.


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Suker: No doubt Benzema is one of the best players in the world

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema remains one of the world’s best players, according to Davor Suker.

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The France international has been with the Spanish giants since 2009 and has made over 500 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Benzema remains a mainstay in the first-team and has netted 19 goals in 36 matches this season to help lift Zinedine Zidane’s team to second place in La Liga.

Suker says the 32-year-old has cemented his place as a Madrid legend, adding that he is still an elite striker.

“I like him as a number nine. Today, he is in the history of Real Madrid,” Suker, who won La Liga and the Champions League during a three-year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu before joining Arsenal in 1999, told Goal.

“I like the way that he plays and there is no doubt that he is one of the best players in the world.”

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Benzema’s path to the pinnacle of world football began when he joined Lyon’s youth system at the age of 10 before emerging as a star for the senior team, making almost 150 appearances before moving to the Spanish capital.

The attacker said earlier this month that he wants to return to his former side before his career comes to an end, but stressed he still has work to do at Madrid.

However, the capital club are said to be looking to replace him in the near future. They are constantly being linked with a big money move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, while they have Luka Jovic in reserve following his arrival last summer.

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The pressure is on Benzema to prove he deserves to keep his place in the starting XI and he must keep the goals coming, Suker says.

“All I can say is that I wish all him all the best, and to score many, many goals because, in the end, the statistics are the gauge of strikers,” he added.

“You need to score many goals to remain at the top.”

Benzema has two years left on his contract with the Spanish club.


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Benzema blast Oliver Giroud. [Really Messy]


Olivier Giroud been likened to “go-karting” in comparison to “F1” Karim Benzema in an astonishing outburst from the Real Madrid striker.

Benzema has not played for France since before the Euro 2016 tournament, and has even suggested he would be willing to change his allegiance to Algeria, if permitted. Thus, he has been unable to add to his 27 goals in 81 appearances for the country.


In the meantime, Giroud has taken advantage of Benzema’s absence and is France’s third-highest goalscorer, having scored 39 goals in 93 games – a record that has nonetheless failed to impress Benzema.

“You shouldn’t confuse F1 and go karting and that’s me being kind,” Benzema said on a live Instagram video with YouTuber Mohamed Henni. “On to the next topic. I’m not talking about him [Giroud] anymore. I just know that I’m F1.


“He has his career, he does what he wants and scores the goals that he wants to score. He’s in his corner and I’m in mine; I’m not thinking about him. If we’re talking about playing style, his suits France well.

“It’s good because there are fast players like (Kylian) Mbappe and (Antoine) Griezmann who play out wide or feed off the centre-forward. When Giroud is up front, he’s a handful for defences, which gives the other two plenty of space to show what they can do.

“He occupies defenders and it works. It might not be brilliant to watch and you won’t say, ‘Wow, that was incredible.’ Does everyone like that style of play? I don’t know, but it suits France well.”


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Karim Benzema ‘Officially’ Signs Contract Extension at Real Madrid


Karim Benzema’s agent has apparently confirmed that the forward has signed a new one-year contract extension at Real Madrid to keep the striker with the Spanish giants until 2022.

The Frenchman contract had been due to expire in 2021, but he will now remain at the club for a further year and celebrate his 34th birthday at the Bernabeu – if indeed his agent’s comments are true.

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Pique’s health issue sent to Barcelona ahead Sunday El clásico


Gerard Pique will be fit for Barcelona’s trip to Real Madrid on Sunday, despite picking up an injury against Napoli on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old was forced to withdraw in the 68th minute of his side’s Champions League Round of 16 clash after falling awkwardly on his ankle. The Spaniard looked to be in some discomfort, sparking fears that he may be unavailable for El Clásico this weekend.

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However, these concerns have since been quashed by Spanish radio network Cadena SER’s Que T’hi Jugues. The outlet claims that Pique will be fine to take part in the game with the injury not being as bad as first feared.

Karím Benzema (white) | Gerard Pique (Red, Blue Stripe)

Barcelona went 1-0 down against Genaro Gattuso’s side in what was a disappointing start to the game. They improved after the break and grabbed an equaliser – and more crucially an away goal – through Antoine Griezmann just before the hour mark. 1-1 is how it finished, a result that makes Quique Setien’s favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.

Barcelona now turn their attention back to league action and what is one of the most eagerly anticipated Clásico clashes for a number of years. Just two points separate the old foes and a win for Real would be enough to lift them into top spot at the expense of La Blaugrana.

The reverse fixture was a drab affair for the neutrals with the two teams playing out a 0-0 draw in a game in which Los Blancos always looked more likely to score despite being the visitors.

News of Pique’s availability will be a relief for Barcelona as they have been suffering issues at the back all season. Setien’s side have conceded 29 times in La Liga, with Real, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Getafe, Athletic Bilbao and even 15th placed Real Valladolid all boasting superior defensive records.


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Real Madrid Starves PSG’s Interest in Benzema.


Real Madrid are reported to have opened negotiations with Karim Benzema over extending his stay at Santiago Bernabéu beyond 2021.

Los Blancos signed off for the winter break with three straight domestic draws that saw them fall two points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race, and while it has been a bumpy season so far, you dread to think where they’d be without the reliable goalscoring outlet offered by Benzema.


The French striker has been the primary saving grace of what has been an inconsistent season for Zinedine Zidane’s men so far, assuming the role of the club’s talisman from Cristiano Ronaldo where the likes of Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard have struggled. He’s been a virtual ever-present, scoring 16 goals in 23 appearances, and despite turning 32 this month, he remains perhaps his side’s most valuable player.

That being the case, it’s hardly a surprise to hear that the club are keen to keep him in the frame long-term, and Spanish outlet AS say this is indeed the case.


Informal negotiations are said to have kicked off over the last few days, with neither side in a particular hurry to get things done, the general feeling being that an agreement will be reached on an extension for ‘one or two years’ sooner rather than later.

The lack of urgency stems from the fact the Frenchman still has 18 months to run on his deal, so there is no immediate risk of losing him for free provided a deal is reached at some stage in 2020.


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Interest from PSG and indeed Benzema’s former side Lyon may prove to be the only spanner in the works, with both sides mentioned as interested parties in bringing him to France.

It seems, however, as though the striker is happy enough at Real, where he continues to be valued as an elite goalscoring talent, and it looks increasingly likely that he will prolong his stay in the foreseeable unless we see a drastic change in circumstances.


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0-0: Real Madrid still 2nd position after stunning draw with Athletic bilbao

Real Madrid finished off 2019 with a second successive 0-0 draw and gave Barcelona an inch in the La Liga title race, as they laboured to a goalless home point against Athletic Club on Sunday evening.

Zinedine Zidane opted to freshen things up from that stalemate during the week. Eder Militao, Luka Modric, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior were all reintroduced, hoping to do their bit to keep the pressure on their title rivals.

Barcelona had responded to that midweek draw with a rampant 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves 24 hours earlier, moving themselves three points clear at the top, so a win against an Athletic side that had conceded just 12 goals in their opening 17 league matches was a must for Real – but that was never going to be easy.

And so it proved. The home side dominated the territory in the early proceedings, but an effort cleared off the line by Unai Nunez after Karim Benzema had neatly rounded Unai Simon was as close as they came in the first half.

Kenan Kodro had a goal ruled out for offside in one of the visitors’ few threatening ventures forward, but they were largely content to sit in and frustrate their more esteemed hosts, and with the clock ticking down, Gareth Bale and and Luka Jovic were thrown on in an increasingly cagey second 45 to try and make something happen.

Toni Kroos stung the crossbar and Jovic later clipped the post with a deft header, but Gaizka Garitano’s men stood strong in the face of pressure.

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Real had as many as 20 efforts at goal, but the eight that hit Simon’s target were dealt with well, and it finished with a point that will frustrate Zidane’s men ahead of their brief winter break that comes to an end with a trip to Getafe on January 4.

For now, it’s advantage Barcelona in the title race.

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Update: French Supreme Court Rejects Karim Benzema’s Appeal Over Sex Tape.

…collaboration to engage in blackmail

The French Supreme court has rejected an appeal by Real Madrid/France forward Karim Benzema in relation to the Matthieu Valbuena sex tape case in 2015.

Benzema’s lawyers hoped the court will bury the accusation that has been plaguing his national career since 2015 for his alleged involvement in an attempt to blackmail his then national team mate Matthieu Valbuena over a sex tape, but the court sitting today ruled that the investigators had not used illegitimate means to obtain evidence, contrary to what the player’s defence had argued in its appeal.

French Supreme court rejects Karim Benzema

His lawyers argued that the evidence obtained by the prosecutors were invalid because they were wrongly obtained, but with this new ruling, Benzema will have to appear in court.

Benzema was charged with collaboration to engage in blackmail after he admitted speaking to Valbuena at the request of a childhood friend, who was approached by three blackmailers who were in possession of Valbuena’s sex tape,”.

Benzema, who was arrested by police when the investigation started, made incriminating comments towards Valbuena during the saga that have resulted in him being charged with “complicity in attempted blackmail and participation in a criminal association planning an offence punishable by at least five years imprisonment.

Benzema has not played for France since the alegations against him were made public in 2015, with the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet recently ruling out a potential return for 31 year old.

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