Zidane tells the reason why Benzema is important for the team


Months after leaving Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane spoke at length about his old club and with particular emphasis on his countryman, striker Karim Benzema.

The French centre forward has had his best ever start to a season with Los Blancos.

“Karim was important for the balance of the team in terms of how he wanted the team to attack,” Zidane said to UEFA.

“Helping to implement our possession game by playing with his teammates, he’s a true team player.”

Despite such a short tenure at Real, Zidane consistently won silverware.

“The Champions League titles were special for different reasons,” he continued.

“The first one stands out because it was the first for me as a coach, the second one was symbolic and intense, and the third put the icing on my three seasons at Real Madrid.

“I always stayed true to the football philosophy that I transmitted to my players, regardless of who our opponents were.


“Very often, we achieved very good results away from home, which could explain a slight loss of concentration during the following games, at the same time.

“I never had the impression that the team panicked.

“When you work with top quality players, they know how to manage those periods of games when you’re not playing well, and they quickly return to normality.

“My job was to keep people quiet!”

Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo were a big presence in the Real dressing room under Zidane, something that the former coach acknowledged.

“Both are players with a lot of energy and influence within the squad,” he added.

“Sergio Ramos is a natural leader and a great presence in the dressing room, while Cristiano Ronaldo is a leader on the pitch that inspires his teammates.

“They complemented each other well.”