Actual Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has backed ahead Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or, evaluating the Frenchman to a wine that will get higher with age.
The award, which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lately, is as open a contest as ever because the duo age and Benzema’s kind in 2021 has led to calls from the native media for him to be given the gong.
The 33-year-old France striker has began the season on hearth, netting eight objectives with seven assists as Actual have shot to the highest of LaLiga.
He’ll look so as to add to that tally and maintain his aspect flying excessive when Villarreal go to the Bernabeu on Saturday. Actual are prime by two factors from Atletico Madrid after six video games.
“For what he’s doing and for what he’s achieved, he must be within the listing of doable winners,” Ancelotti mentioned of Benzema.
“Saying that, Karim’s obtained time to win it. I someway doubt that is his last season – he’s like a positive wine; the older he will get the higher he’s.”
The Italian coach added that with such a packed schedule – Actual host Sheriff within the Champions League on Tuesday – he can be rotating his squad.
“Gamers who haven’t been enjoying can have the possibility to play within the subsequent video games as a result of they’re brisker,” he mentioned.
“You possibly can’t practice at depth since you’re enjoying a recreation each three days. We’re doing lots of video evaluation of what we’ve achieved properly and what we have to enhance.”
Ancelotti can be with out six first crew gamers for the go to of Unai Emery’s aspect, who’ve additionally made an unbeaten begin to the season, albeit having solely gained certainly one of their 5 video games whereas drawing the opposite 4.