If a martian landed on earth today and took an interested in football and Real Madrid, in particular, there would be no way to explain to them why Karim Benzema continues to start for los Blancos other than Zinedine Zidane's undyinf faith in the Frenchman. For mortals, it is impossible to decipher what is keeping Benzema as a starter.
A long time ago, Benzema stopped providing dividends on his selection. It was said that before the PSG that he was on the limit and would be put to the test again in the Champions League but for the umpteenth time, he failed to do what was expected of him and with it came more whistles from the Bernabeu. With Real Betis in their sights, Benzema has another chance, but just like this time last season, he has failed to score more than the top scorer for the bottom side: Sergio Leon with Osasuna last season. He has less goals than 77 players, 45 of them attackers in LaLiga.
Of the 16 league games in which he has been available, he has started in 13 and appeared as a substitute in three too. That translates into 1,167 minutes and with two goals, it means he is scoring at 583.5 minutes per strike with the last coming on November 25th. That is less than Diego Rolán, Málaga's striker, who has scored once more than Benzema in 854 minutes. It's getting drastic at this point.