Goalless Benzema gets compared to the Ronaldo’s greatness by unhappy FFF
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning form for Portugal, which includes a recent hat-trick, has left French football fans in awe and envy. Les Bleus supporters expect Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema to emulate similar success stories for France, but the striker continues to move along with his 14-month long goal drought for his country.
French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet insists to not fair to ask Benzema to produce form similar to that of Ronaldo, but he believes the 25-year-old striker should bring more to the table. Le Graet claims Benzema “needs assuring” to end his goalless run on 1217 minutes on the field.
The former Lyon forward drew another blank against Georgia, which means Benzema hasn’t scored for his country since Euro 2012. La Graet told RMC that strong steps were being planned to put Benzema back into form.
“He's a man with such talent,” Le Graet said. “We expect a lot of him. We expect him to do the same as Ronaldo with Portugal. When you're a first-team regular at Real, you owe it to yourself to put in different performances to the ones he's produced in the last three or four matches. But he's the one who's most disappointed of all. Technically, he's strong. He is determined to establish himself in the team. But he's been struggling a bit for a while.
“He's a great player who's going through a tough spell with the France team. Of course we're going to do what we can for him to talk about it. Didier Deschamps has already started talking to him. He needs reassuring. He's a boy with such talent, and we can't let it go to waste.”
Benzema’s lack lustrous form for France can actually be replicated by the whole team, who remain goalless in 479 minutes of action. France now has only 21 minutes before breaking the country’s all-time record, a statistic that dates back to 1924-25.
Benzema and Olivier Giroud will lead that attack with a high-pressure line. This also means that Benzema will be benched in favor of Andre-Pierre Gignac after the kick-off just as it happened in Tbilisi.
“That doesn't have anything to do with it,” Giroud told L’Equipe, while defending Benzema. “We also took advantage of the Georgians' fatigue. We played higher up the pitch, we had more support, which allowed the forwards to be in the penalty box more. It's not the fact of Karim going off that changed things.”