France’s Karim Benzema Is Out of World Cup Play
France coach Laurent Blanc has decided to take Karim Benzema out of the tournament after he failed to play in a 2-1 win over Argentina yesterday.
Benzema hasn’t started since June 26 in Belgium and has a long way to the World Cup for the French team, having played only two games against Switzerland and Turkey in June.
France had a hard time beating Switzerland in the first round of the tournament and had a similar fate in the Netherlands’ win over Turkey. But in the first game against Argentina at the Stade de France, Benzema and Edinson Cavani made it impossible for France to win the game.
Benzema had to be substituted with around 30 minutes to go as France fell behind 2-1 to Argentina.
So if that doesn’t convince you France has a huge problem, France fans, then watch the highlights of the game below.
It’s been a long road for Benzema. Not only has he had a good year on and off the pitch. He’s always been a very important player for his clubs Lille and Monaco, but with the lack of game time he’s played through injury and a suspension. He was playing in Belgium last week, but against a strong side in the Netherlands, he had to be subbed after only around 30 minutes.
Benzema played at Barcelona, but in all honestly, I don’t think he’s the kind of player that wins you trophies when he’s missing from games through injury. His game just seems to be about not playing (which may be an issue with Lille) and making mistakes.
He did win Lille a lot of trophies before he left for Monaco, though. I loved watching him, so I can definitely understand how he could be frustrated with Lille because of all the losses he had.
To be fair, I’ve been guilty of that, and for some reason I never