Real Madrid boss Zidane explains Ronaldo substitution

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s substitution in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Levante in La Liga was to not relaxation the participant, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.

Ronaldo was taken off by Zidane instantly after substitute Isco had struck with 9 minutes left to place Madrid again in entrance at Ciutat de Valencia on Saturday.

However a lapse in defensive focus subsequently allowed Levante to attain their second equaliser of the sport one minute from time, substitute Giampaolo Pazzini putting on his debut for the membership.

Madrid’s newest setback leaves Zidane’s males 18 factors behind Liga leaders Barcelona and with an upcoming Champions League tie towards Paris Saint-Germain rising in significance, with the competitors their solely lifelike probability of profitable one other trophy this season.

After the match, Zidane insisted Ronaldo’s substitution was not health-associated.

“No. It was deliberate to vary him, and that is all,” Zidane advised beIN SPORTS after the match.

“We had the sport underneath management, probably the most troublesome is to attain objectives. We acquired to 2-1, however in the long run, two errors value us the 2 objectives.

“This yr is being troublesome for us. We can’t put three or 4 outcomes collectively. I’m not proud of the outcome. We have been answerable for the sport, above all the primary half, so not pleased, in fact.

“The pity is that after we scored our second aim, we weren’t capable of hold maintain of the ball, and defensively we weren’t good.”

Requested once more about Ronaldo in his submit-match press convention, Zidane added: “I modified him as I needed one other participant a bit extra in the midst of the pitch, to defend with Marco Asensio and Karim [Benzema].”

Zidane beforehand indicated he believes his job is on the road when Madrid host Paris Saint-Germain within the final sixteen of the Champions League on February 14, however the Frenchman appeared to row again on his feedback after Madrid missed the prospect to climb above Valencia into third.

“I simply take into consideration the subsequent recreation, nothing else,” a annoyed Zidane stated.

“La Liga won’t be over till the top. There are a variety of factors, and two extra today, even once we had the sport beneath management. We should always have gained a 3rd consecutive recreation, however we didn’t.

“When it was most troublesome we received the second. Then we have to be intelligent, keep away from the second objective, and we didn’t. We weren’t targeted, and that’s arduous to take as it’s two factors misplaced.

“Meaning we should work even more durable. That is soccer, and the opponent could make issues troublesome for you. However we might have prevented their second aim. That annoys me, as we have now labored on that, and knew they might counter-assault.”