The striker remains a lightening rod for critics.
But Zidane said, "Everyone's entitled to express their opinion, but what's important is that every day I see him focused and working hard. Everyone can ask for more from a player like Karim, but to me he looks good and I'm happy with his work.
"Benzema is fine. Your job is to write what you think, but he looks good to me. He's focused and of course I'd like to see him score goals tomorrow. It hurts me when all my players are criticised, not just Karim. They know that criticism is part of football and that it can help them grow."