Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are said to have put their differences aside, after the French striker was caught on camera accusing the Brazilian of ‘playing against them’ in Tuesday’s draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Real are steadily spiralling into a crisis, and were staring down the barrel of a fourth straight defeat when they went into half-time at Gladbach. Tensions were high in the Madrid camp, and trailing to a Marcus Thuram strike, Benzema was caught by TV cameras as he appeared to lose his cool.
A conversation with Ferland Mendy appeared to show the striker pinning the blame on Vinicius, advising the left-back ‘not to pass’ to him, despite playing on the same flank.
“Brother, don’t play to him,” Benzema is heard saying. “On my mother’s life, he is playing against us. He does not do anything useful.”
Gladbach went on to double their lead, but a late rally from Madrid – started by Benzema on 87 minutes – salvaged a point. But while the half-time incident may have overshadowed another poor Real performance, Marca are reporting that the two players have now put their differences aside.
The Spanish outlet say that Benzema, who enjoys a strong working relationship with the youngster, sought him out at training on Thursday to clear the air. He is said to have apologised and explained his actions, and Vinicius, understanding that the heat of the moment distorted matters, had no problem accepting.
Benzema’s criticisms seemed extremely harsh considering Vinicius has been one of Los Blancos’ top performers this season. Gladbach no-show aside, the 20-year-old has scored three times in 2020/21, and was one of few who earned pass-marks in their defeat to Shakhtar when he emerged from the bench to hit the back of the net.
He has appeared five times in La Liga, scoring twice, and looks to be building a promising understanding with Benzema both on and off the pitch.