Eric Abidal slams Cristiano Ronaldo for comments against teammates
Former defender Eric Abidal has criticised Ronaldo for his behavior and comments after Real Madrid’s loss to Atletico Madrid. Abidal has questioned the forwards’ attitude after he undermined the quality of his teammates in the post match interview.
Real’s loss to Atletico has more or less ended their hopes of winning the title this season with the gap between Real and Barcelona a huge 12 points. Real are also now four points behind their crosstown rivals after the loss.
A two-time Champions League winner himself Abidal gave his opinion on Ronaldo’s comment saying, ”Sometimes you don’t say what you think to the press after the game”
Meanwhile, the former left-back appreciated their coach Zinedine Zidane for the way he handled his post-match press conference after the former Galactico admitted that the title is over. “When he said that the league was over, it took the pressure from his players, His speech in the press room after losing the match was very good for his squad.”
But the 36-year-old knows how much Zidane values winning, and says that the Frenchman will not be impressed with his team’s performance against their derby rivals.
“The problem, beyond the defeat, is the gap to Barcelona. Zidane is a winner; he wants to win and it’s something he wants to teach the players. Inside, it will hurt him that the players were poor in the derby, and their attitude on the field will hurt.”
Abidal feels that once Real get back to winning ways all their problems vanish and the fans will once again get behind them stating,”If a win comes next, everything is forgotten and life will go on.”
Ronaldo retracts comments against his teammates
After the Madrid loss, Ronaldo made comments on the team’s performance criticizing his teammates for the loss. He said, “If everyone was as good as me, maybe we would be first. If a team does not play with the best is difficult to win a long competition. I don't want to insult anyone”.
The comments sparked controversy and debate something that could have been avoided. The Portuguese international also mentioned the loss of key players as a reason with Bale and Benzema among other who are currently out of action.
But he later retracted his statement on his teammates via his official twitter account saying that it’s the whole team’s fault and he is not above anyone in the squad.Published 01 Mar 2016, 16:24 IST