Zidane backs misfiring Benzema

La Liga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 16/04/2018

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Karim Benzema is losing the trust of many at Real Madrid owing to his poor return in the front of goal but his coach, Zinedine Zidane is still backing the striker to overcome his struggles.

 The Frenchman who has netted just five league goals this campaign fired blanks again in Madrid's 2-1 victory at Malaga on Sunday.

Zidane insisted Benzema – who has just nine goals in all competitions – would continue working hard.

"Karim is never going to throw in the towel. Of course he'd love to score and he's had opportunities to do so," he said.

"All he was lacking was the goal, he'll keep going. It's been a tough year for him in this regard."

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A player that did shine in Zidane's 100th win in charge of Madrid was Isco, who opened the scoring and set up Casemiro.

Zidane was delighted for the former Malaga midfielder after the 25-year-old starred at the Estadio La Rosaleda.

The victory saw Real Madrid move back into third on 67 points, 15 behind their league-leading rivals Barcelona.