Christiano Ronaldo seemed to be out of the form in his past few performances but according to Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane it is not a matter of concern. The whistles for Ronaldo at Santiago Bernabeu are nothing much to be worried about and Zidane believes that he will soon be back among the goals.
Saturday’s 2-1 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu was a difficult evening for Ronaldo as he was whistled by his own team’s fans as he went a fourth straight game at home ground without scoring any goal.
In a news conference Zidane said that there has been time where he himself had been whistled at by the Bernabeu crowd while he was playing for Madrid. He also mentioned that the team’s all-time scorer, Ronaldo is used to such treatment now.
He confessed that he never understood the whistles but the crowd in Bernabeu is special and it always demands maximum from the players. Christiano is used to such actions and he also knows how to deal with it as the fans are one of the most important aspects for the players.
Out of the 20 goals in his last two matches, Ronaldo has been successful with 4 on target and has only four goals for Madrid in this season.
Zidane said that Ronaldo is not bothered about this and he just needs to focus in his game in order to score more goals. He needs to score two to three goals each game and Zidane is confident that he will make it happen. He believes that Christiano will soon get back to the game with more goals and everything will get back to normal.
Zidane laughed when he was asked about Ronaldo’s reaction after Morata’s winning goal against Athletic which was claimed to be an appeal for offside against his own team.
He replied saying that there are a lot of external stuff that are not controllable and it is better to not comment and just let it go in order to focus on the pitch.
Zidane was questioned about selecting the trio, Gareth Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo over the younger and impressing players such as Morata and Lucaz Vazquez. To this, he answered saying that he has three phenomenal players in his team and they are very important. The others might play less but they are equally important and he is aware about his job which demands for such decisions.
He did not reveal whether Ronaldo, Bale, Toni Kroos and Benzema would be rested for the Wednesday’s Copa Del Rey last-32 game at third tier Cultural Leonesa. This is the first game for Madrid in the competition since last year’s expulsion for fielding an ineligible player.
Zidane mentioned that there will not be too many changes in the system but there will also be other players who will start tomorrow. As only 16 players can be there so some of them have to stay back in Madrid and there will be rotation. This competition is very important for Madrid and there is no other option than winning.