If he does not question the talent or the incredible performances of Karim Benzema this season, Raymond Domenech wanted to calm the excitement around the center forward of Real Madrid.
Superlatives are sometimes lacking to describe the performance of Karim Benzema, unquestionably at the peak of his art at the height of his 34 years. The former Lyonnais also offered us a new recital this week during the victory of the real Madrid on Chelsea (1-3), in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, with a hat-trick, as against the PSG at the Santiago Bernabéu in the previous round.
Author of a breathtaking season – 37 goals and 13 assists in 36 appearances in all competitions – “KB9” is making a strong impression. While many agree that he is currently the best footballer on the planet, Rennes coach Bruno Genesio has even gone so far as to compare him to Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. A point of view which is obviously not totally shared by Raymond Domenech.
“Karim Benzema is not the equal of Johan Cruyff”
“Karim Benzema at the level of Johan Cruyff? It’s hard to answer “yes” or “no”. In terms of its impact on the game, yes. But in terms of image, legend and impact on a generation, I would say no. Karim Benzema is not the equal of Johan Cruyff, he is not the equal of Pelé or Diego Maradona. For me, these are people who marked an entire generation. Johan Cruyff, it’s a game, it’s a style, it’s a culture of football “, thus supported the consultant of the L’Equipe channel in comments relayed by Foot Radio.
The former coach of the Blues believes that Benzema has lacked consistency in the past to be placed at the level of a Cruyff. “Karim Benzema brings his talent and he is immense. What he is doing at the moment is exceptional, he first recalled. But somewhere, it comes more at the end of the career. The others, for 10 or 15 years, have been stars and driving forces of their national team and their club. They really wrote a page of football history. Karim Benzema left the imprint of his talent on a period of Real ». A position statement, cAs often, against the tide.