Karim Benzema Reportedly Told Ferland Mendy To 'Stop Passing The Ball To Vinicius Jr' At Half-Time
It was another disappointing night for Zinedine Zidane and his Los Blancos side.
Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram, son of former France international Lilian Thuram, scored a brace to put the home team 2-0 up after 58 minutes, and a shock looked to be on the cards.
But despite a poor start, Madrid managed to find a way back into the Group B clash thanks to late goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro.
Pléa :arrow_right: Thuram
Two of Gladbach's attacking stars link up to put Real Madrid behind in Germany.
Beautiful pass, emphatic finish :boom: pic.twitter.com/p5yQmYNEkA
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 27, 2020
And to make things worse, cameras reportedly picked up a conversation between Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy in the tunnel on Tuesday night.
Benzema allegedly tells Mendy in French not to pass to Vinicius Jr, who was just inches away from the conversation. "He does what he wants," Benzema says per Téléfoot. "Don't play with him, brother. He plays against us."
Karim Benzema tells Ferland Mendy not to pass to Vinicius Jr at half-time during last night's game between Gladbach & Real Madrid: "Brother don't play to him. On my mother's life. He is playing against us." pic.twitter.com/zmpciQRgAV
- Get French Football News (@GFFN) October 28, 2020
Footage of the incident soon emerged online as social media reacted to the controversial moment.
Karim Benzema's conversation with Ferland Mendy at HT:
"He (Vinicius Jr) plays trash brother, don't play with him on my mothers life. He plays against us"
Poor behaviour from @Benzema Expect better from a player of his status. What a way to destroy a young kids confidence. pic.twitter.com/KLYlsnbSAK
- AllThingsSeleção :tm: (@SelecaoTalk) October 28, 2020
Benzema at half time saying to Mendy "not to pass the ball to Vinicius, I swear on my mother, he's playing against us".
There will be consequences pic.twitter.com/YeqdJT06Ok
- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) October 28, 2020
That's poor from Benzema considering Vinicius look him as role model. https://t.co/ySDoYDP0dA
- (@TotalElBicho) October 28, 2020
The Spaniard has started just twice for Los Blancos in their opening seven games of the season.
In those games, the 28-year-old was brought off in the 57th minute against Real Vallodolid in September and a month later, in last week's shock 1-0 defeat to Cadiz, he was hauled off at half-time.
The midfielder has also made two substitute appearances this season against Real Betis and Levante but clearly, Isco is far from happy with his playing time in recent weeks.
"If he has to take me off, it's in the 50th or 60th minute of the game." Isco says. "Sometimes at half time. If he has to bring me on, it's in the 80th minute."
Real Madrid teammate Marcelo then bursts into laughter while Luka Modric smiles in the background.
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