What a difference a Mesut Ozil makes.
Even though the German did not have an ideal start at Real Madrid this season, before he was sold to Arsenal - a stat tells an interesting story.
With Ozil in the team, striker Karim Benzema scored two goals in two La Liga games. Since he was sold Benzema has not scored a single goal in the division, five matches without a goal.
The French international forward has been a target for the Bernabeu boo-boys, and that was before this weekend's 1-0 home defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid.
That loss really did not help his cause, with fans apoplectic after Alvaro Morata was brought on for Isco, rather than the Frenchman as Carlo Ancelotti tried to chase the game.
Now even his teammates are turning against him.
Benzema became embroiled in an ugly argument with defender Pepe, who has shown previously that he is not a man to be messed with.
Mundo Deportivo report Pepe, 'made the gesture that Benzema had not sweated in the derby, clearly shows that for central French striker was not doing anything.'
Teammates Sami Khedira and latterly Sergio Ramos intervened to calm the pair down during the second half argument, which clearly helped nobody in the Real side.
Benzema has been linked with a January exit from Madrid with Premier League side Arsenal linked regularly over the past two months.
Check the incident out below:
image: © Jan S0L0