Karim Benzema has been a victim of criticism for his poor performances in the La Liga, but Zidane believes he’ll be a stronger player for it.
The France striker has only been able to score one goal in the La Liga since October and has not found the net in his last six appearances in all competitions.
However, he has been prolific in the UCL scoring five goals and assisting one, as Madrid went unbeaten in the group stages.
And Zidane is confident that the 29-year-old can become even better following scrutiny of his performances, starting with Wednesday’s last-16 first leg against Napoli.
“People can think whatever they want,” said the Madrid boss. “Day to day, he looks good, motivated in what he does. I’m happy with his work.
“Of course I’d like Karim to score – it’s not only me – but the important thing is the way he does his work in that position. He plays in a way that helps others to score. There’s a great understanding between him and Cristiano [Ronaldo].
“It hurts me when my players are criticised, but sometimes it helps them to grow.”