Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has played down a reported dressing-room disagreement between Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos.
Sergio Ramos defended the strength of Real’s squad after cristu6Ronaldo appeared to suggest following their Champions League defeat to Tottenham that it had been weakened by the summer departures of Alvaro Morata, Danilo, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe and James Rodriguez.
Zidane was asked about the duo ahead of Saturday’s derby against Atletico Madrid
“One of them saying one thing, and the other, another, that’s for you to discuss.
“We’re relaxed on the inside and we’re only thinking about tomorrow’s game. Sergio is very smart and he can say whatever he likes. The same goes for Cristiano. They’re bright guys, they’ve been together a long time and have won a lot.”
These two players are part of the history of this club,” he said. “They respect each other a lot and are both intelligent people. They are together a long time, won a lot together, maybe sometimes if they disagree over something it is not important.
“Things are sorted inside, and there has been no problem between Cristiano and Sergio. It is good that players give their opinions, it shows they are alive.”
The poor goal-scoring form so far this La Liga season by Ronaldo and strike partner Karim Benzema was not something that had required his personal intervention, Zidane added.
“It is true that [their numbers] in La Liga are not normal, but they have been scoring in the Champions League,” he said. “There is no need to tell Karim and Cristiano they must train more, they do it naturally. And on the pitch they will have chances and in this moment they will score. I am sure.”