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Carlo Ancelotti performs down Karim Benzema’s lack of objectives since return from harm

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Actual Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has defined that objectives are the ‘final thing’ Los Blancos workers are on the lookout for from Karim Benzema, prioritising constructing his health after a current harm layoff.

Benzema missed three video games in all competitions due to a muscle criticism final month, earlier than returning to motion within the weekend’s La Liga draw in opposition to Osasuna.

The Frenchman, who scored 44 instances in 2021/22 for his most prolific season up to now and is nailed on favorite to win the Ballon d’Or, has not discovered the online since his return.

That was disappointing in opposition to Osasuna when Actual couldn’t discover one other technique to win, dropping their first factors of the season and leapfrogged on the prime of La Liga by Barcelona. However Ancelotti’s facet had sufficient about them to beat Shakhtar Donetsk within the Champions League on Wednesday.

“He is feeling nice and was essential due to his high quality and his positioning. He put in a staff efficiency and was a presence within the penalty space,” Ancelotti mentioned of his captain afterwards.

“He did not get on the scoresheet, however that is the very last thing we’re specializing in. His situation has improved lots and he put in a whole efficiency.”

Actual’s objectives on the night time each got here within the first half from Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior, whereas Shakhtar pulled one again from Oleksandr Zubkov, additionally earlier than half-time.

Ancelotti performed down any harm considerations over Rodrygo, who has thrived this season.

“He picked up a cramp in his calf. It is nothing severe and he’ll be wonderful,” the boss defined.

“He is nonetheless acquired to make some progress, however he is extra assured and extra scientific now. He is acting at his finest right here. He is enjoying extra minutes as he deserves them as a consequence of what he is contributing in each recreation.”

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