Kovacic: Morata deserves to start, but so does Benzema

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On the back of a third consecutive LaLiga start, Mateo Kovacic praised the two pure strikers in the Real Madrid squad, Alvaro Morata and Karim Benzema.

A segment of the fan base is beginning to campaign for the La Fabrica product to be featured more often in Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up, but the Croatian opted to brush off the controversy.

“He [Morata] has done a fantastic job and deserves to start,” Kovacic said. “He scores whenever he is given a chance, but so does Benzema.”

The 22-year-old emphasised how complicated it is to attain victories away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

“It was a difficult match on the road,” he said. “Fortunately for us, we are leaving town with three more points.”

When asked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s drought-ending hat-trick, Kovacic declared the Portuguese was content with the overall result.

“He [Ronaldo] is happy about the win, like everyone else,” Kovacic insisted. “What matters is the fact we won, not who scored.”

Lastly, the ex-Inter midfielder said the squad have definitely left the four-match drawing slump behind.

“Real have gone from drawing four straight matches to getting four or five wins in a row,” he concluded. “Real Madrid must keep it up.”

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