We expect a lot from Cristiano Ronaldo, says Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admitted to taking a gamble with his starting lineup after his side's demolition of group outsiders Legia Warsaw in a 5-1 Champions League Group F win at home on Tuesday evening.
The Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo however, was not on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 5-1 win, although he did set up goals for Spaniards Alvaro Morata and Marco Asensio. The Portuguese had nine shots in total but just two on target which led to another frustrated display.
According to the Daily Mail the Los Blancos coach spoke during the news conference after the match when asked if he was disappointed that Ronaldo wasn’t on target, “It is true that we sometimes expect a lot of Cristiano, three or four goals. We all want him to score and he does too."
Madrid always looked confident that they would get away with the three points at the Bernabeu - with Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Morata scoring along with Tomasz Jodlowiec committing an own goal on their side of the scoresheet, and Miroslav Radovic's penalty counting as the consolation for the visitors.
The first half was well contested with each side attacking the ball. The Polish visitors managed to breach through the Madrid defence and hit the woodwork at 0-0. Home keeper Keylor Navas was tested on more than one occasion.
Zinedine Zidane said that the fans believe in Cristiano Ronaldo a lot and would love to see him score in every game. The Real manager told after the game that his decision to play attacking with Asensio and James Rodriguez in a three-man midfield had affected the balance of his side.
The Madrid attacker has not been a regular scorer for the La Liga club this season. However, the French veteran strongly believes in Ronaldo and expects him to be on the scoresheet really soon. He even complimented Ronaldo on his assists for Asensio and Morata's goals.
Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon in the night's other Group F encounter means that Madrid and Dortmund remain locked at the top of the group on seven points from their first three outings. Zidane expects that the group will now be a two-horse race until the Bundesliga side come to Madrid on December 7.
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