The routines of Real Madrid do not change in Barcelona, play at the Camp Nou or at the RCDE Stadium, the white boys stay at the Hotel Juan Carlos. What changed, however, is the relationship, call the interest, of the followers of the Chamartín painting in Barcelona. "There were 30 people waiting for us at the hotel, when before there were always many more. It was weird, more fans were waiting for us at the airport, "says an employee of the Madrid club in Cornellà. It finds, in any case, an explanation to the downfall of the enthusiasm of the white fans in the Catalan capital. "Maybe it's because of the cold, maybe it's because the bus goes directly into the parking lot or maybe it's not Christian anymore." No one doubts the magnetism of Portuguese, not even in Catalonia.
From the charisma of Cristiano, to the apathetic Benzema. The French before secondary actor, now protagonist, a totem in Cornellà. His partnership with Cristiano benefited Benzema. Few players understood each other better with the 7; many, however, were enhanced by his absence. Last season, for example, the current Juventus striker scored 31% of Real Madrid's goals in the campaign, more than double the second in the table of the top white strikers, Bale, with 15%. Benzema was third on the list with 8%, same ratio as Marco Asensio. Although he had never stood out for a tremendous scoring power, the French stood out in a vital concept, probably the most valued by Cristiano, his understanding of the game. However, his attitude was always in question.
Outside Cristiano, he appeared at age 31, a new Benzema. The first data is quantifiable; the second, no. This campaign the goal in Madrid is more democratic, led by the 9. The French has signed 15 networks so far this season, 22% of the goals signed by Real Madrid. The podium is completed, Bale (again second) with 16% and Sergio Ramos, with 14%. But the surprising change in Benzema is in his commitment, symbolic yesterday in the win against Espanyol. "He is a very generous player in his understanding of football. He is one of the best center forward of the world in those moments ", had praised Solari to 9 in the previous one. And on the field of the blue and white picture, Benzema gave a kind of generosity, especially football. He made 54 passes with success against Espanyol, the best record in the same match of his career in LaLiga.
The compliments followed one another. "He always makes complete matches. Today, in addition, he has scored and has scored beautiful goals and has confirmed what he has been doing during the season and a large part of his career, "said Solari. "He's showing that he's the best nine in the world, working, associating, it's a wonder to play with him," Lucas Vázquez complimented him. "It's a pleasure to see him play when he's at this level. He has a special ability to associate with his teammates: He has made three plays to pay tribute to that creativity and that talent, "Emilio Butragueño added.
He is proving that he is the best nine in the world, working, associating, it is wonderful to play with him
He was attentive to catch the rebound of Diego López, after a good move by Modric before the placid look of the blue and white defense, without nerve in the dawn of the duel. But after the test of Ramos, before Cornellà pays tribute to Dani Jarque in the 21st minute, Madrid fell asleep. Then, the new Benzema appeared. An active type, more leader, capable of infecting his teammates with his movements, such as asking the team to wake up after the Leo Baptistao discount. And it was the Frenchman who brought peace to Solari. Now, a goal marks Benzema. It was associated with Vinicius and caressed the soft ball with the right boot, impossible to stop for Diego López. A new-old Benzema, always a footballer, now also generous and scorer. After his exhibition in Cornellà, he described himself: "In each match I want to give more and do nice things in the game. I want to score goals and give assists. People ask a goal for a goal, but I think I'm a 9 with a soul of 10 ".