Karim Benzema Caught Instructing Real Madrid Teammates Not to Pass to Vinicius Jr

Oct 28, 2020, 10:00 AM GMT
Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior
Benzema was caught on camera badmouthing teammate Vinicius Jr on Tuesday evening | David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images

It's official: Real Madrid are in crisis.

Saturday afternoon's impressive Clasico victory was quickly overshadowed by out-of-favour Isco's inadvertently public dig at coach Zinedine Zidane for his lack of game time - and the in-house fighting has not stopped there.

Los Merengues travelled to Germany to take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening, hoping to bounce back from their shock defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one. Unfortunately for Madrid, they found themselves 1-0 down at half-time, and staring into the abyss.

And that's when the new controversy unfolded. Star striker Karim Benzema appeared to instruct teammate Ferland Mendy not to pass the ball to winger Vinicius Jr, while the Brazilian starlet was standing next to them. That's just shady.

Get French Football News posted a clip from RMC Sport, which showed the forward badmouthing his teammate in French to compatriot Mendy, insisting that Vinicius 'is playing against us'. Yikes.

“Brother, don’t pass to him. On my mother’s life. He is playing against us," Benzema apparently muttered. Interestingly, Mendy did pass the ball to Vinicius in the second half - but only on three occasions.

We may be no team morale experts here, but ripping into a teammate while standing in their vicinity is not the sign of a healthy dressing room atmosphere. Just saying.

Vinicius Jr
Vinicius celebrating happier days | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

In reality, the entire Madrid team put in another humiliating display against Gladbach, and they were fortunate to escape from Germany with a point. The European giants were staring down the barrel on the hour mark, after striker Marcus Thuram had doubled his and his team's tally for the evening.

Zidane changed it up with 20 minutes to play, taking off the under-fire Vinicius and bringing on Eden Hazard. The Frenchman's changes did the trick, as two goals in the final three minutes from Teammate of the Year Benzema and the reliable Casemiro rescued them from further embarrassment.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at their next training session.