Zidane helped Benzema return to form - Mourinho

March 17, 2011 - 0:0

MADRID (AFP) — Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said France legend Zinedine Zidane has helped improve the form of striker Karim Benzema.

Benzema ""has changed, it's true. Why? I don't know, I can't say,"" Mourinho told a news conference.
""The main person responsible is Karim himself. There is also the positive influence of other players, of myself because I put a lot of pressure on players to play to the maximum ability,"" he said.
""I also think of Zizou (Zidane). He has several times worked pyschologically with the guy (Benzema).""
Zidane, a former Real star, has worked as an advisor to the club's president, Florentino Perez, since last November.
At Mourinho's request, Zidane has also recently been involved with the first team.
France international Benzema, 23, who left Lyon for the Spanish capital two years ago, has been out of favor with Mourinho. But he has recently returned to form, scoring two goals in each of his last three league matches.