Cristiano Ronaldo’s former personal trainer Javier Atalaya has revealed the Portuguese star “could not stand” the fitness regime of Benzema.
Javier Atalaya is now the personal trainer of Benzema and also worked closely with Ronaldo’s fitness regime during his spell in Spain.
He has explained how the France international is adept at recovering fast from injuries due to his training routine.
Benzema limped out of Real’s 2-0 victory against Valencia at the Bernabeu to cast doubt over his participation in the upcoming last-16 clash.
Yet manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the injury is “very light” amid hopes that he will return to football action soon.
But, the striker missed Madrid’s weekend defeat at Real Mallorca in La Liga amid concerns that he could be out for several weeks on the sidelines.
His participation in the upcoming Champions League first leg match against Liverpool in the Round of 16 is also be in doubt.
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Atalaya has issued a fitness update on the striker. He has clarified: “Karim is getting better every day. He is at home, without having anything to do, and he goes down to the gym to train. The Frenchman’s mentality involves improving every day.”
In a move to discuss the comparison between Benzema and Ronaldo in order to underline the intensity of the player’s regime, he added: “Even Cristiano could not stand the training that Benzema does.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool must win the Champions League to ensure they do not finish the campaign without a major trophy.
The Reds, who defeated Man City 3-1 to win the Community Shield last July, are enduring a tough season under Jurgen Klopp.
They have already been knocked out of the FA Cup and EFL Cup – two trophies which they won last season – while they are out of the league title race, with a double-digit points gap to the top four.