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Espirito Santo had a conflict with Benzema

Nuno Espirito Santo accused striker Karim Benzema of laziness shortly before his dismissal from the post of head coach of Al-Ittihad.

The incident happened at halftime of the match of the 4th round of the Asian Champions League with Al-Kuwa (0:2).

"You are the leader of the team, an example for the players and the most important athlete. You have to take the initiative and be an example for all the players."

It is noted that a day after this conversation, the specialist was dismissed.

49-year-old Nuno Espiritu Santo has been in charge of Al-Ittihad since July 2022. With the team, he became the champion of Saudi Arabia (2022/2023) and the winner of the Super Cup of the country (2023). This is reported by

Recall that Benzema moved to Al-Ittihad in July 2023. His contract with the club runs until 2026.

Al-Ittihad announced the termination of the contract with Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo after a comprehensive assessment of the last stage. Assistant coach Hassan Khalifa will be the new person responsible for preparing the team for the next match.

The club expressed gratitude to Nun Espiritu Sant and wished him success in the upcoming period. This change in the coaching staff may introduce new dynamic elements into the preparation and performance of the team in future competitions.

Fans remain waiting for new challenges and victories under the leadership of a new coaching staff, and Hassan Khalifa, who has taken responsibility for himself, can bring his ideas and strategies to achieve success. Time will tell what changes this new phase will bring for Al-Ittihad.

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