Cracks show in unsettled Madrid side

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First it was Isco, now Karim Benzema. On-the-field results have not been going Real Madrid’s way in recent weeks but off-the-field events have not helped.

Madrid ended a tough week of back-to-back defeats by defeating Barcelona in a big El Clásico win on Saturday but that crucial win was soured somewhat by midfielder Isco being caught on camera criticising his coach Zinedine Zidane. “If [Zidane] has to take me off, he takes me off in the 50th or 60th minute, sometimes at half-time,” Isco was caught saying. “If he has to bring me on, he brings me on in the 80th minute.”

The former Malaga man was included in Zidane’s squad for the midweek Champions League clash against Borussia Mönchengladbach but did not feature. Place your bets on future Champions league matches at the canadian online casino.

What did feature, however, was a late show of two goals from Benzema and Casemiro to rescue a point for Los Blancos in Germany, and on Wednesday morning more off-the-field drama, this time involving the Frenchman and teammate Vinicius Jr.

Telefoot picked up Madrid’s No.9 talking to Ferland Mendy in French in the tunnel ahead of the second half, saying, reportedly of Vinicius: “He is playing rubbish. Don’t pass him the ball bro, on my mum’s life. He is playing against us.”

The media circus surrounding the incident intensified during the day, with reports suggesting club officials played down the incident, insisting nobody knew who Benzema was talking about, while people close to Vinicius are said to be surprised by the comments. Get your online gaming on at machines a sous.

Madrid had a free day on Wednesday following their return to Spain in the early hours and will return to training at Valdebebas on Thursday, before hosting Huesca in LaLiga on Saturday.

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