Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has urged fans to show Cristiano Ronaldo some love after the player was criticized for his recent goal drought.
CR7 was booed as he struggled to convert scoring chances against Malaga during last night’s La Liga game, but the World Best Player got his efforts wasted.
Fortunately, Los Blancos fought really hard to redeem their image as European Champions, having ended a record 40-games unbeaten run with a 2-1 loss to Valencia and another disappointing show against Celta Vigo.
Madrid triumphed 2-1 against Malaga to accumulate a 4-point gap as league leaders.
Sergio Ramos netted twice to give Los Blancos “the winter champions” title as they look forward to the second phase of the competition.
Surprisingly, the victory against Malaga didn’t impress Madristas who whistled and booed their players all through the game. But Zidane says he understands their frustration, begging all of them to have patience with their star player Ronaldo.
The Portuguese footballer has scored only once in open play since November though he made great efforts but was denied celebrations on three occasions by Malaga goalkeeper.
Ronaldo also struck the post in another attempt, but was unlucky.
Sometimes when you have difficulties you need the fans’ help and to be behind you,” said Zidane.
“I am not going to criticize the fans because they pay their money.
“But with so many games and a lot of injuries, the players need to feel that love sometimes. The coach does too.”
Zidane also begged the fans, saying: “Have patience!
“In the past few games they haven’t found the net, but that doesn’t worry me. What worries me are the injuries.
“We have a lot of games and in the end my mood is aggravated by the injuries,” the coach added.
“We have another important game on Wednesday. At the end of the game we are happy because we have taken the three points, but 2-1 was tight for the chances that we had.
“Today we struggled to take our chances and when the opponents had theirs they caused problems.
“By being calm you can achieve a lot. Now we have to rest once more because the next game is just around the corner.”