Some Blues happy with Benzema’s departure?

Emmanuel LANGELLIER, Media365: published on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 8:17 p.m.

Karim Benzema will not play the World Cup. An absence that does not only work for the unfortunate…

After N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku, Karim Benzema was the fifth Frenchman to drop out on Saturday night. The reigning Ballon d’Or France Football will not compete in the World Cup with the France team in Qatar. After 2014 in Brazil (quarter-final), there will be no 2022 edition for the star striker of Real Madrid. While he participated in his first collective session since the start of the gathering of the Blues in the Gulf, the former Lyonnais was forced to leave training prematurely, victim, we learned later, of a tear muscle in the quadriceps of the left thigh.

Benzema left Qatar without greeting his partners

The blow is hard for Benzema, deprived of the French team for more than 5 years following the sex tape affair and returned for Euro 2021. A European Championship which will not have lasted very long since the Blues had taken the door in the 8th finals, ejected on penalties by Switzerland. Karim Benzema then won the Nations League thanks to good performances in Italy. This remained his only title under the national tunic… After winning the Ballon d’Or at the end of a fantastic year marked by coronations in La Liga and the Champions League, two competitions in which he finished top scorer, the striker dreamed of the World Cup at 34 (35 the day after the final). But the dream therefore faded overnight in Doha on Saturday.

Lugano: “Some players of the French team, with whom I was a teammate, are happy with the departure of Benzema”

Without Benzema, France loses a huge element of quality. But is everyone really disappointed with the renunciation of the striker who did not retain his teammates when he left on the night of Saturday to Sunday? A controversy seems to be emerging in recent hours on this point. Because this package of the best player in the world does not deserve only the unfortunate … Information circulates without us really knowing what it is all about and the former Uruguayan player past PSG, Diego Lugano, has just made a sensational statement . “Some players from the France team, with whom I was a teammate, are happy with the departure of Benzema,” the former defender told ESPN Brasil. Who was he referring to? Looking precisely into the past, Lugano, a Parisian player between 2011 and 2013 and now 42 years old, had played alongside Alphonse Areola, Kingsley Coman and Adrien Rabiot in the capital club… Three players present in the list of 25 compiled by Didier Deschamps.

Leave a Comment