Real Madrid visit today a very tough stadium as Ipurua and they need to bounce back after the draw against Las Palmas, where they lost the leadership of La Liga. The team managed by Zidane travels to Eibar without Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, so Karim Benzema will be the reference in the attack. Without Alvaro Morata, also missing the match out due to a booking, Benzema will have to lead the way on his own.
It’s very difficult to see Real Madrid playing without two players of the BBC. Since Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema are at Real Madrid (2013-2014) Los Blancos have played 211 matches and in only 25 of them they played without two of their key players in the attack.
It’s not a new situation for Karim Benzema, who has played 23 games without Cristiano’s company, when Bale had not yet signed for Real Madrid and since 2013-2014 season, he has played six games without the Portuguese and the Welshman. His performance when his in is the reference in the attack it’s quite good because in these 29 games he scored 15 goals in 10 different matches. The results Real Madrid obtained without Cristiano and Bale are 20 wins, 5 defeats and 4 draws.
However, his lack of success in this season has caused several critics to the French striker. Karim Benzema has scored 13 goals in 31 games in this season and only five of them in the regular season. We have to go to the 7th of January to see the last goal of the French striker in La Liga, against Granada at Santiago Bernabéu.
It’s a very good chance for the French player to convince to all the supporters who criticism him during the last months. It will be a very difficult match for Real Madrid because Ipurua is a very tough stadium and the Basque team is doing a great season, playing a very good football and scoring many goals.