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Real Madrid tension rising, Zidane demands more of key man after rumours of unrest

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema hasn’t had the best start to the season, and Zinedine Zidane insists he wants to see more from his compatriot.

The French international has long been praised for his goalscoring record while balancing that with ultimately being a facilitator to help Cristiano Ronaldo shine.

However, things haven’t been going to plan so far this season, with Benzema registering just two goals and two assists in 13 appearances in all competitions, while Ronaldo hasn’t fared much better as Madrid sit 10 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga table.

As per Diario Gol earlier this week, it was claimed that Benzema isn’t happy with the current situation at the Bernabeu, blaming Zidane and Ronaldo for the team’s failures.

However, the Madrid boss seemingly wasn’t too concerned about that or rocking the boat further, as he noted in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League tie with APOEL this week, that he expects more from Benzema to help Madrid get past this sticky patch.

“He [Benzema] is the first one who knows he can give more, because of the confidence issue, especially his confidence in front of goal,” Zidane said, as per The Express.

“Strikers maybe need goals for confidence, but he’s playing well, the team is playing well. When one goes in more can follow. Let’s hope tomorrow [Tuesday] is the day to end the streak.”

It remains to be seen whether or not it’s that simple, as Zidane clearly wasn’t letting on as to whether there are any underlying problems with Los Blancos as they all remain focused on getting back on track as quickly as possible.

However, with reports of Benzema’s unrest, essentially being told by the manager that he needs to ‘give more’ probably isn’t what he wants to hear currently.

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