Jose Mourinho admits he’s unhappy Karim Benzema was now not at Euro 2020 as he in contrast Harry Kane to the France star.
The Actual Madrid star had scored 4 targets on the match earlier than Les Bleus crashed out on the last-16 stage to Switzerland.
He netted twice in 3-Three recreation, together with a purpose Mourinho picked as one in every of his favourites of the match, earlier than Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive penalty within the shootout to ship the favourites residence.
Benzema was on high kind for France having solely simply returned after a six yr absence from the aspect – lacking out on their World Cup success.
Mourinho managed Benzema at Madrid and hailed the striker.
He informed talkSPORT Drive: “He’s the explanation I’m a bit unhappy France didn’t undergo as a result of I feel Benzema may very well be… Cristiano Ronaldo no, Lionel Messi no, Mbappe no… I feel Benzema would lastly have the possibility to get some Gold Ball or one thing like that.
“He’s a tremendous participant and he was enjoying so effectively, beneath enormous stress, as a result of when he got here again to the nationwide crew he was beneath enormous stress and he was incredible.
“His first purpose (towards Switzerland) was incredible as a result of Mbappe move just isn’t move. Benzema is making a run and the move goes behind him.
“His contact along with his left foot to place the ball in entrance of him to assault once more, then the goalkeeper comes and makes an enormous shadow and touches it with the left foot to the purpose. Technically, it’s a tremendous purpose by an excellent participant.”
Mourinho additionally made paid an excellent praise to Harry Kane when speaking about Benzema on how each are incredible gamers for his or her groups.
He added: “Generally individuals ask me once I was at Tottenham to attempt to evaluate Harry with different strikers. I all the time used Karim as a result of these are the strikers who in the event that they don’t rating they nonetheless give so much to the crew.
“Different strikers, in the event that they don’t rating they provide nothing. They’re simply goalscorers. These guys should not simply goalscorers, they’re soccer gamers.
“Benzema is a 9, a ten, when he was youthful with me, I used to be enjoying Gonzalo Higuain as a 9 and typically Benzema was enjoying behind or on the left or proper.
“He’s a incredible participant and he’s taking a lot care of himself and his preparation, now bodily he’s higher than he was ten years in the past.
“He’s higher, he’s slimmer, he’s stronger, he’s quicker. I feel he’s enjoying amazingly effectively and I’m disillusioned he’s not happening within the competitors as a result of I used to be supporting him to do one thing particular.”