Nasri blames Blues staff for Benzema injury

FRANCE FIFE/AFP (FILES) In this file photo taken on Nov. 17, 2022, French forward Karim Benzema runs during a training session at Doha’s Jassim-bin-Hamad stadium ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup soccer tournament – Karim Benzema left a training session injured on 19 November 2022. He is to undergo medical tests to determine the nature and severity of his injury, ahead of the FIFA World Cup match against Australia on 22 November. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP)


Karim Benzema, here during training with France, in Doha, Qatar, November 17, 2022.

FRANCE TEAM – After the injury of Karim Benzema, the package for the World Cup in Qatar, the questions. And reproaches. Those of Samir Nasri in this case, who instructed the staff of the French national team this Sunday 20 November.

In the show Channel football club on Canal Plus, the former international now a consultant to the private channel regretted the physical mismanagement around the Real Madrid striker.

“I took him yesterday (Saturday, on the phone), he was upset. But I think the management was mean to him.says Samir Nasri on set (listen to the video below). “He is a special player who requires special attention. He didn’t necessarily serve Benzema for Australia, Tunisia or Denmark (the opponents of the Blues in the pool, ed). He is a player who takes you to the next level and we needed him for knockout matches so I find him really damaging. »

“You Shouldn’t Push It”

“You Shouldn’t Push It”, the former Manchester City player still mourned. “ Last season he played almost 60 games, it’s normal that he feels a little tired, he’s 34 years old. I think it wasn’t necessary to push there for this start to the World Championship”.

“He’s Ballon d’Or, he’s a special player, he needed special attention”concluded, bitterly, Samir Nasri.

Convalescent for a month, Karim Benzema hoped to see the end of the tunnel on Saturday by participating in his first group training session with the Blues. But then he injured the front of his left thigh “an almost harmless gesture”a “A lesion too big compared to the deadlines that await us”described Didier Deschamps, who will not replace the player.

At 34, Karim Benzema will probably never play in a second World Cup, after the 2014 one which finished in the quarter-finals, as France’s top scorer.

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