Frenchman Karim Benzema looks set and stone to miss out on the 2016 European Championships for France after having been accused of being suspiciously involved in a blackmail plot on teammate Mathieu Valbuena. Despite Karim Benzema denying these actions, he will remain suspended until further notice as the investigation continues. Unfortunately, France [Hosts] who were one of among many favorites to win next summer’s tournament will have to rely on their next best replacements in order to sustain the amount of goals and assists Karim Benzema has provided throughout the years.
On the other hand, despite the negativity surrounding Karim Benzema off the pitch, on the pitch has been quite the opposite. The Frenchman is in terrific form for Real Madrid having scored a hat trick on Tuesday vs Swedish club Malmo FF in the last group stage fixture of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and two goals vs Getafe in La Liga match week 13. The Frenchman will look to continue his fine form for Real Madrid this weekend as they host another Madrid based club, Rayo Vallecano who are currently in 16th place in the standings.
For Real Madrid, time has been rough throughout the first half of this season having to go through Karim Benzema’s blackmail case, managerial criticism towards Rafa Benitez, and disqualification from the Copa Del Rey. Yet, the Spanish Giants are continuing to look on the bright side of schemes as they only remain 5 pts away from La Liga leaders, Barcelona, which makes them still very well in title contention as the season goes on.
As for the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, Real Madrid will await their opponent on Monday having clinched first place in Group A. Opponents such as, PSV (Netherlands), Benfica (Portugal), Juventus (Italy), Roma (Italy), Arsenal (England), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), KAA Gent (Belgium) are all potential candidates for the Round of 16 match up.
If one things for sure, criticism comes and goes, Real Madrid and Karim Benzema will look to focus all their attention on moving forward and continue to strive for success under manager Rafa Benitez.