Ben­zema ‘fed up’ of Ben­itez sub­sti­tut­ing him

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Karim Ben­zema is “fed up” of be­ing sub­sti­tuted by Real Madrid coach Rafael Ben­itez but re­frained from crit­i­cis­ing the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu boss.

The France in­ter­na­tional had opened the scor­ing for Madrid in a 1-1 draw against ri­vals Atletico Madrid on Sun­day but, for the fifth time in six La Liga starts this sea­son, he was taken off be­fore full-time.

“Sub­sti­tu­tions are what the coach de­cides, I’m just there to help my team-mates,” Ben­zema told AS.

“It’s true I’m fed up of be­ing taken off. I’m calm and will con­tinue to work so I’m not al­ways sub­ti­tuted. He took me off to get a re­sult, for de­fen­sive rea­sons.

“It’s true that the elec­tronic board al­ways shows the No.9. Ask Ben­itez why that is.”

Span­ish media fol­lowed up on the 27-year-old’s sug­ges­tion and Ben­itez ex­plained that Ma­teo Ko­vacic re­placed the for­mer Lyon for­ward in the 77th minute to “bal­ance the team” - a plan which didn’t work as Atletico snatched a draw six min­utes later via sub­sti­tute Lu­ciano Vi­etto.

Jose Mour­inho Man­ager of Chelsea dur­ing the Bar­clays Premier League match be­tween New­cas­tle United and Chelsea at St James’ Park on Septem­ber 26, 2015 in New­cas­tle upon Tyne, United King­dom.

Karim Ben­zema

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