Ronaldo back to normal: Zidane

DORTMUND • Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied on Monday that there was a rift between him and Cristiano Ronaldo, after the talisman appeared to react angrily to being substituted in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Las Palmas.

The forward's response to being taken off in the 72nd minute of the La Liga game has been the subject of much attention in the Spanish media in the build-up to Real's heavyweight Champions League Group F clash with Borussia Dortmund this morning (Singapore time).

The Portuguese star Ronaldo, who was sitting on the bench, could be seen looking furious, appearing to insult Zidane and swear at him.

However, the incident has already been forgotten.

"Not only Ronaldo gets upset when he is substituted," said the French coach, who was a La Liga and Champions League winner with Real. And like Ronaldo, he was a three-time World Player of the Year.

"We have to live with the discussions. Everything is normal. Cristiano wasn't the only one angry after the game but it's over now and we are thinking about tomorrow's game.

"I understand the level of attention it received but it is what it is. I took the decision in the best (interests) of the player and that's not going to change anything.

"We have spoken about it. I'm not dumb and he's intelligent. We all have the same objectives, the two of us and the rest of the team."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2016, with the headline 'Ronaldo back to normal: Zidane'. Print Edition | Subscribe