"Madrid have been the best team in the world in the last few years", Pochettino told beIN Sports. We will try to win.
"They've proved that and, honestly, I have a certain weakness for Zinedine Zidane, as a footballer and now".
Benzema has not played since hurting his knee against Levante over a month ago and his absence has coincided with Madrid finding it harder than usual to score goals.
However, Diario Gol says a conversation he had with coach Zinedine Zidane at the end of last season had made up his mind for him.
Los Blancos manager Zidane is faced with a selection headache ahead of tomorrow's clash against Getafe, with eight of his first-team stars sidelined.
Finally, Pochettino analysed the situation in the Premier League regarding the signing of players and referred to "giants like United and City" and said that "the difference today between clubs in the Premier League is that there are teams, like City and United, who sign who they want and when they want and, after that, you have big clubs, like us, and we sign when we can and who we can".
Bale is currently nursing a calf issue while Benzema has a hamstring injury, joining Keylor Navas (Achilles), Marcelo (Thigh) and Mateo Kovacic (partial abductor tear) on the treatment table.
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