Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says that he welcomes Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration after getting substituted.
Ronaldo was pulled off in the 2-2 draw against Las Palmas two weeks ago, and was publicly disgruntled over the substitution. Something that Zidane believes is a good things.
“It’s good he gets annoyed when I substitute him,” Zidane told French radio outlet RMC.
“You can see it a bit more than with others when he’s not happy, but that’s not serious. I explain things to him afterwards, and it’s over.
“He scores in the next game, we give each other a high five, and there you go!
“It proves the guy is committed when he doesn’t want to come off, that he always wants to give something to the team, and that’s good.”
Ronaldo has been introduced to the team slowly this season, after playing in the Euros and suffering a knee injury in the final against France.
“The idea that I put to the president and the players was that they take their time after the Euros,” Zidane said.
“From experience, I know that you have to take a break after an international competition, whatever happens, whether you win or lose.
“After 1998, I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other for six months.
“I have that experience, and speaking with the players, they told me they needed a breather, so we made that decision [to allow them to miss preseason].”