Standing your ground
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is not having the best time of it at the moment and has been hearing more and more unrest about his level of performance from the Santiago Bernabéu home crowd. And the striker has turned to social media as a means of responding to some of his anonymous critics.
On his official Instagram page the Frenchman wrote, "I never quit" under a graphic of him in the iconic white kit of the Spanish giants.
Diminished boo-boy importance
At the end of the game against Real Sociedad, manager Zinedine Zidane played down the whistles targeted against his compatriot:
"There can be some whistles, that can always happen and sometimes we can be a bit annoyed with that. But today the fans supported us from the start until the end. That is important, as the players need that. With everyone together we achieved something important.
With injury problems expected to improve in the coming days and weeks – and with a four-point lead over second place Barcelona plus a game in hand – things could start to improve for both Frenchmen as positivity returns to the stands.