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‘It’s a good thing’ – Zidane on Benzema’s criticism of Vinicius

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A senior Real Madrid player was caught criticizing his junior teammate, and Zidane assures the two have put their differences aside.

Real Madrid were held to a draw in the Champions League clash against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday.

Los Blancos’ recent record only worsened after the 2-2 draw as now they have managed a win in only two of their last five matches, but the poor performance was not what dominated the headlines.

As the team made their way out of the tunnel for the second half at Borussia-Park, Karim Benzema was caught on camera in serious discussion with Ferland Mendy. 

It was later revealed that the topic of their discussion was Vinicius Junior and the two Frenchmen were criticizing their young teammate for his lackluster performance in the first half while also plotting against passing the ball to him.

Benzema did not exchange any pass with Vinicius in the second half while Mendy played just three passes to him.

Reportedly, Benzema later ‘apologized’ to Vinicius at the club’s training facility.

Speaking in Friday’s press conference ahead of the La Liga fixture against Huesca, Zinedine Zidane also insisted that the pair have come to an understanding and are now on good terms.

“The most important thing is that it’s been cleared up and the players have spoken. A lot of things are said on a pitch and they stay there. We’re a team and we need energy for other things,” Zidane said, via Marca.

“But it’s a good thing because it means we’re alive. They’ve spoken and that’s that. There’s no problem. Our energy is focused on tomorrow.”

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