Zinedine Zidane has insisted Karim Benzema's effort levels this season have not dropped despite it being a "difficult" season for the striker.
The 30-year-old has netted just eight goals across all competitions this season for Los Blancos; with the frontman scoring only once in his last nine outings, which came against Segunda-bound Las Palmas last month from the penalty spot.
However, despite the French forward now closing in on two months without a goal from open play, his performance during his side's 2-1 win over Malaga
Yeah, you lot aren't going to like hearing this, but Benzema's link-up play has been excellent today (especially in the second half). He's come deep often to break the press & he's helped connect a very fluid offense on the break.— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) April 15, 2018
"It's been a complicated season in terms of goals for Benzema", Zidane explained.
Benzema is insanely talented man, way too wavy. I don’t think you can criticise any other aspect of his game bar finishing ofcourse, which is the most important for him.— Ryan. (@Rygista) April 15, 2018
REAL MADRID’S OPPONENTS IN THE 2017-2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:— Madrid Xtra (@madridxtra) April 14, 2018
Round of 16: French champions
Quarterfinals: Italian champions
Semifinals: German champions
“B-but-but Papa Perez paid UEFA...” pic.twitter.com/gbdEJeIauX
"It's not going to be easy, I'll try to do my best and there will be rotation", he confirmed.