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Real Madrid boss backs Benzema

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been given the backing of his manager Carlo Ancelotti who insists he is happy with the France international's performances. 

The former Olympique Lyonnais striker has come in for a great deal of criticism of late and was jeered by his own fans in Madrid's 4-1 home win against Getafe at the weekend.

The boos have been prompted by a perceived lack of effort from Benzema and in spite of the fact that he has started every game for Madrid so far this season and scored four goals.

And Ancelotti has given his support to the forward saying that boos from the crowd may even motivate him further.

"Benzema has put in some good performances," the Madrid coach said at a press conference.

"I like his hard work on the pitch, regardless of whether he scores.

"I don't think it's a big problem for him that the fans whistled him. Sometimes it can even be a good thing, because it can motivate the players."

The former Chelsea boss also had some words of praise for 21-year-old midfielder Isco who arrived at Madrid from Malaga in the summer and impressed in his opening games.

"Comparing Isco to Zidane is not a bad thing. They have a lot of similarities. Zidane is obviously in a better position to judge and he said Isco isn't there yet, but said he could come close in the future," said Ancelotti.

On the fitness of world record signing Gareth Bale, the Italian is confident the former Tottenham man would be available to face Atletico Madrid this Saturday.

"He trained individually today. He should be fit for Saturday's match," he said.

 

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