Zidane: People who know football also know that Benzema is very good

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Real Madrid may have surpassed Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 but Karim Benzema didn't escape criticism for his lack of a goal across the tie, forcing Zinedine Zidane into a fresh defence of his striker.

Claiming that those who take aim at the French forward are not fully in tune with how football works, Zidane insisted that the player's record speaks for itself.

"I don't have to say if [criticism of Benzema] is unfair or not," noted the coach at his pre-game press conference.

"I'm interested in the work he does, I would have liked him to score because he had chances, but what he did, he did well for the team.

"I don't have to convince anyone. There are people who know football and they know that Karim is very good.

"There are always players that people like or don't like. There are people who like Isco and people who don't, that's going to affect you and not me.

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