The recent situation between Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have blown out of proportions in every direction. Rumors and speculations are suggesting that CR7 has insulted the French football legend for substituting him in the second half of a 2-2 draw with Las Palmas on Saturday.
Zidane has recently revealed some details on the situation. The 44-year-old has revealed that the reason for him substituting Ronaldo was not his bad gameplay. It was more to rest the player for the team’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN.
“Angry? That would be your interpretation. He always wants to be on the pitch. We have to take him out sometimes, and we did today. It does not change anything.” Zidane said on being asked whether the Portugal international insulted him.
The Frenchman criticized Real Madrid’s first-half gameplay against Villarreal, midweek in the La Liga. However, he was not willing to state the same reason for the team’s performance against Las Palmas. The man from Marseille, France highlighted a couple of defensive errors as a reason for his players conceding both the goals.
“We had many chances in the first half tonight, also in the second. I do not believe we lacked hunger — just the opposite. We started well, pressing high, we did what we had prepared. But when they score twice — well something has happened, and we must analyze it.” Zidane added.
The former World Cup winner with France also did not blame individual players for the draw against Las Palmas. He instead criticized a bit of everything for the result. He praised the team for working well together and training hard on the pitch.
Zidane believes that his Real Madrid team is on the right track and are well prepared heading into the Champions League Group F encounter against Dortmund, away from home.
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