Zidane Defends Ronaldo: “He’s Not Anxious To Score”

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Zinedine Zidane has denied suggestions that Ronaldo appeared frustrated in the 6-1 rout against Real Betis.

The Portuguese forward scored his second of the season after working himself back to fitness. He had to wait till the 78th minute before getting in on the scoring and he appeared vexed to have scored late

But Zidane insisted there was no problem with his star striker’s attitude, calling his desire to score entirely normal.

“Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t look anxious,” he told reporters. “He always wants to score and that is normal.

“The most important thing is that he was focused and transmitted positive energy towards the others. I am happy that he got a goal.”

Ronaldo was one of five different players to find the back of the net, with Isco grabbing a brace and Raphael Varane, Karim Benzema and Marcelo also scoring.

And Zidane was delighted to welcome the contributions from different areas of the team, with 15 different scorers already on target for Madrid this term.

“That is not just something from today,” he said. “It has happened in previous games.

“We are lucky to have important players in every position and they show that in every game, even with set pieces, which is very important these days.

“I’ve got good players, they’re intelligent. They knew we had to start strongly and they did that superbly. It’s a reference point. It’s not easy to play like that away from home.

“He [Isco] played very well today and I’m happy with his goals and his work rate, because he worked very hard.

“When Lucas Vazquez came on we played with three in the middle. It is not his ideal position but all of the players are capable of playing in different positions and Lucas can do that with ease.”



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