Real Madrid – La Liga Real Madrid are feeling his drought
Karim Benzema has frozen. It’s as if his form noticed the plummeting temperature this January and has gone with it.
He is now three games without a goal, and that comes as bad news for Real Madrid, as the forward is their most decisive player, having scored 32.4 percent – 12 of 37 – of the goals they have scored this season.
Benzema comes into the Supercopa de Espana with some troubling statistics hanging over him. He hasn’t scored or assisted in his last three games, not even managing a shot on goal, with Elche, Celta Vigo, and Osasuna managing to come through unscathed against him.
Against Elche, Real Madrid caused problems without him, at Celta they were limited to just two shots, and at El Sadar the only shot on goal came through Marco Asensio in the 48th minute.
His poor run in front of goal is a novelty in Zinedine Zidane‘s second spell on the bench, and he hasn’t endured a run like this since Santiago Solari and Julen Lopetegui were not he bench. Then, he went six games without a goal.
When he went seven goalless games in Zidane’s first spell at the club, Real Madrid also had Cristiano Ronaldo, who guaranteed goals. But that’s not the case now.
There isn’t another goalscorer alongside Benzema, and Luka Modric and Casemiro are the next best scorers with four each.
This is an anomaly for a team with the same objectives as Los Blancos. It’s not normal to not have a second striker.
Bayern Munich have Robert Lewandowski as their leading No.9 with 23 goals, and behind him they have Thomas Muller on nine goals. Juventus have Cristiano (18) and Alvaro Morata (10), Paris Saint-Germain have Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Barcelona have Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid have Luis Suarez and Joao Felix, Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The only similar case is Manchester City.
The problem isn’t temporary either. Last season, Real Madrid’s second top scorer was Sergio Ramos, who contributed the same number of goals as Rodrygo’s 11.
Even that is a low tally, and you’d have to go back to the 1991/92 season to find another example of a forward with such little help. That season, Fernando Hierro had 25 goals and Emilio Butragueno had 20, with the next highest scorer being Alfonso with five.
With Luka Jovic out of favour, Mariano Diaz barely getting minutes, Eden Hazard waiting to be himself, Rodrygo injures and Vinicius Junior missing, Asensio appears to be the only other forward who can score.
This flaw is something that has to be corrected. Benzema is almost always there, but there are times when he goes through droughts. Without any help, his dips could give Real Madrid big problems.