Speaking to L’Équipe, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema discussed his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane.
“He has become my manager, but we still have the same relationship. We still have the same respect for each other. We discuss everything, we have exchanges. When things are not going well, he does not mince his words. But when things are going well, he tells me too. Always the same way. Am I surprised by his success? He is well prepared for that. Success follows him too. After having being an exceptional player, he is in the process of becoming one of the best managers in the world soon. He is calm. He understands and knows how to manage great players. What is strong in him, is that he never puts you under pressure on the pitch. You never feel under pressure with him. Look at the semi-final against Atletico. We were quickly behind 2-0. You look at almost every manager, they are panicking at that moment in the match. He does not budge. He remains calm. When you see that on the pitch, you are calm too… He makes us play good football. Quite simply.”