More problems for Santiago Solari. The team got the first victory in La Liga in 2019 at Benito Villamarín against Real Betis Balompié but the manager lost another important player of the squad. Karim Benzema has his little finger broken at the end of the first half after being tackled by Marc Bartra. The forward will be absent in the next games for Los Blancos facing Sevilla or Espanyol in the next days.
Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Toni Kroos, Mariano Díaz, Gareth Bale, Thibaut Courtois… and now Karim Benzema. Solari is having many problems to design his line-up in the last games and the issues continue after the important injury of Karim Benzema. The French striker was showing a good level this season and against Betis but he was very unlucky breaking his little finger.
In this case, the problem is even bigger. Benzema has no substitute in the squad with Mariano Díaz also absent most of the season. Cristo made his debut at Villamarín in La Liga but he wasn’t very accurate. A team like Real Madrid cannot trust him to lead the attack, together with another unexperienced player like Vinicius Junior, who is growing game by game. Now Solari needs to invent something for the attacking line, with Isco constantly on the bench.
Los Blancos are having many problems in the start of the year and the squad has proven to be insufficient for a top team like Real Madrid. Too many youngsters had to defend the white t-shirt against Betis, with Reguilón, Brahim, Fede Valverde, Cristo or Vinicius having many minutes.
Many things are going wrong this season and the injuries are one of them. Even if the squad could be very short with not many acquisitions during the summer, the physical problems are punishing the players. Marcelo, Casemiro, Carvajal, Bale or Toni Kroos -very important players in this team- have missed many games for injuries.