Real Madrid have done an incredible season winning the double with La Liga, and the Champions League. This was a very difficult task, because Los Blancos had not won La Liga in the last five years and they are the first team who claimed for second time in a row the Champions League title. Now it’s the moment to evaluate the performance of the players during the season 2016-2017.
Benzema played very good 2016-2017 being the reference in the attack despite his numbers are not spectacular for a striker. the French player started the year with several doubts, but with the pass of the months Karim improved a lot. There was a huge debate during the season, if Morata should play instead Benzema, and the French striker made merits to be in the important clashes of the season.
When we talk of Benzema we must also name Zidane. The French manager has a lot of confidence in his compatriot and after a year and a half training at Madrid, there are no doubts about Bezema’s continuity in the attack. In fact, Morata has left the team team this summer because he knew that he was not going to be in the usual starting 11 and he decided to sign with Chelsea.
We can highlight the amazing game of Benzema against Napoli in the last 16 round of the Champions League. The French striker was a nightmare for the Italian defense, showing all his quality and being the MVP of the tie. In the beginning of the season Benzema received a lot of criticism because his numbers in La Liga were very poor, while Morata was scoring goals in every opportunity he had.
However, we think he completed a good season, being a player who is very compatible with Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch. The best virtue of the French striker is his combined ability he has that makes him play in several times as a playmaker. Benzema scored 11 goals in 29 games in La Liga, 5 in 13 games of Champions League and one goal in three games in La Copa del Rey. These number are quite low for a striker but we think that he is a player who likes to combine instead of score and that’s what makes him so different to the rest of the strikers.