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Zidane: Why I Took Ronaldo Off In Madrid Derby

Zinedine Zidane: Why I Took Cristiano Ronaldo Off In Madrid Derby

By Kurt Buckerfield - Apr 09, 2018 07:31 AM @KurtLaduma

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has explained why he substituted Cristiano Ronaldo off early in their 1-1 LaLiga draw with rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Ronaldo in action on Sunday!

The Madrid Derby might have finished as a draw on Sunday, but the clash between the city rivals was not short on quality football and remarkable goalkeeping.

Despite Jan Oblak keeping Diego Simeone's Atletico in the match, the deadlock was finally broken by Ronaldo in the 53rd minute, only for it to be cancelled out by FC Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann four minutes later.

The Portuguese was surprisingly taken off by Zidane 64 minutes into the tie, a decision the manager has since insisted was made in order to rest his superstar man ahead of their UEFA Champions League tie against Juventus on Wednesday.

"It was just to rest," he said, according to AS.

"We have many games, that's it. Sometimes he needs to rest. Cristiano is Cristiano, he has been this player all his life, scoring 50 goals a season.

"True, nobody else does that. But others can score, have done recently, and we must think about the positives."

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Ronaldo has now scored 40 goals and has assisted a further seven strikes in 37 matches for Real this season.

Do you think Ronaldo could have won the game for Real had he stayed on? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Esme Joined: 10 Apr 2018
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Esme Apr 10, 2018 04:15 AM
At first I wanna say chris is a beast he don't needs to rest his born limited edition ,once his mind is set there's no way you can try to stop him and that's a fact and in the future Zidane do not I repeat dont ever substitute that beast he might crack...
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luckydinho Joined: 06 Aug 2011
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luckydinho Apr 09, 2018 11:29 AM
Let him rest coach we need champion league
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Apr 09, 2018 10:46 AM
He was tired
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tiyiselani_thaba Joined: 03 Jun 2012
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tiyiselani_thaba Apr 09, 2018 09:51 AM
You dont just substitute a player of CR7's calibre,whether he is performinv or not because he is a game winner and can perform miracles at any given time. Besides resting him,CR7 has been playing non-stop for the better part of his career unless he is injured,which means he is used to playing week in week out without a rest.
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hlaxduze Joined: 15 Sep 2011
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hlaxduze Apr 09, 2018 08:32 AM
Ronaldo does not need to rest, He is a natural phenomenon. this bald-headed Zidane did not want to win this match. Cr7 was going to win a match for Madrid. Look now Valencia is claiming the 3rd spot. What if they claim it for good?

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