Benzema to Mendy about Vinicius: Don’t play to him, he’s playing against us
Per the French TV show, Karim Benzema could be heard complaining about the Brazilian at half time of Real Madrid’s Champions League draw with Mönchengladbach.
According to French TV, Karim Benzema could be heard voicing his displeasure at team-mate Vinícus Júnior’s performance at half time of Real Madrid’s Champions League draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday.
“He does what he wants”: Benzema allegedly slams Vinícius
The programme Téléfoot broadcast a video in which Benzema allegedly complains to Madrid left-back and fellow Frenchman Ferland Mendy about Vinícius, although it should be noted that the Brazilian is never mentioned by name.
“He does what he wants,” Benzema says to Mendy, per Téléfoot. “Don’t play with him, brother. He plays against us.” The pair could then be seen in conversation with Vinícius as Madrid returned to the Borussia-Park field for the second half.
According to second-half statistics, Mendy went on to pass the ball to Vinícius three times after the break, while the forward passed to the defender on nine occasions.
After struggling to make an impact in the Champions League Group B clash – “a very poor performance”, wrote AS journalist Sergio Santos in his match ratings – Vinícius was substituted after 70 minutes, with Eden Hazard replacing the 20-year-old.
Late Benzema, Casemiro goals salvage point for Real Madrid
Trailing 1-0 at half time to a goal by Marcus Thuram, Zinedine Zidane’s men went further behind when Thuram doubled Mönchengladbach’s lead on the hour mark, but last-gasp strikes by Benzema and Casemiro rescued a point for the visitors.