- French TV Telefoot caught Benzema talking to Mendy in the tunnel, supposedly about Vinicius
According to the French TV Show Telefoot, Karim Benzema could be heard complaining about Vinicius Jr at half time of Real Madrid’s Champions League draw with Borussian Monchengladbach.
“He does what he wants,” Benzema said while talking to Mendy.
“Don’t play with him brother. He plays against us.”
It’s worth pointing out that Benzema never mentions Vinicius by name, so this part is just assumed by Telefoot, but most likely true.
The second half statistics show that Mendy passed to Vinicius only three times, while Vinicius returned the favor nine times.
Vinicius Jr had a poor game against Gladbach and was criticized by many pundits. His finishing remains his biggest problem and he had a couple of chances which he could have scored. However, this is not enough to warrant that kind of criticism from his teammates. Benzema himself wastes chance after chance in attack before finally scoring.
In the end, this could be just a normal chat between teammates with no intended harm. Benzema, Mendy and Vinicius were seen discussing on the pitch just moments after this took place. It remains to be seen whether this will have an effect on Real Madrid’s locker room chemistry.