Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has backed ahead Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or, evaluating the Frenchman to a wine that will get higher with age.
The award, which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lately, is as open a contest as ever because the duo age and Benzema’s type in 2021 has led to calls from the native media for him to be given the gong.
The 33-year-old France striker has began the season on fireplace, netting eight objectives with seven assists as Real have shot to the highest of LaLiga.
He will look so as to add to that tally and maintain his facet flying excessive when Villarreal go to the Bernabeu on Saturday. Real are high by two factors from Atletico Madrid after six video games.
“For what he’s doing and for what he’s done, he has to be in the list of possible winners,” Ancelotti stated of Benzema.
“Saying that, Karim’s got time to win it. I somehow doubt this is his final season – he’s like a fine wine; the older he gets the better he is.”
The Italian coach added that with such a packed schedule – Real host Sheriff within the Champions League on Tuesday – he shall be rotating his squad.
“Players who haven’t been playing will have the chance to play in the next games because they’re fresher,” he stated.
“You can’t train at intensity because you’re playing a game every three days. We’re doing a lot of video analysis of what we’ve done well and what we need to improve.”
Ancelotti shall be with out six first staff gamers for the go to of Unai Emery’s facet, who’ve additionally made an unbeaten begin to the season, albeit having solely gained one in all their 5 video games whereas drawing the opposite 4.