Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho says he is unconcerned if Cristiano Ronaldo is sad, so long as he continues to act as ‘an example’ to others.
The 27-year-old forward confirmed two weeks ago that he was ‘unhappy’ at Los Blancos, but his Coach has only praised the goalscorer today.
“If Ronaldo is sad but plays like he normally does then that is fine by me,” Mourinho told today’s Press conference.
“I am the Coach and if we don’t win, you kill me. If players are not doing well, it is the same thing. Cristiano plays and scores goals.
“He is a team player, supportive, an example in training. I do not care about things that are not fundamental.
“Ronaldo has given you [the media] a fantastic 15 days when there have been no games played. He just needs peace and quiet to get back to playing football, which is what he likes to do.
“The Bernabeu and I must evaluate his performance. If he doesn’t look good after 80 minutes then I’ll take him off, try someone else.”
Mourinho then looked to talk about the team as a whole, with a message to his men to improve their performances.
“I look for results and to play well. I want our rivals to feel they will suffer when they play against us.
“What might make the difference is the mental and psychological aspects. We have to try and improve without training together.
“I am a football Coach, and what interests me is results and how the team plays. The only thing that has worried me slightly is the fact that we haven’t played will in the League yet.
“We did well in the Supercopa game that won us the trophy, but in the three League games I have not liked our performances. We are all together though. We are confident and want to do well.”
Los Blancos’ next opportunity to impress their Coach in the League comes away to Sevilla this Saturday evening.
“The game will be difficult, it is important. The opponent has quality and we have not had time to prepare. I am not expecting a 2-6 result like last season.
“The international players for Sevilla have not played much. Only Spahic has played 90 minutes whilst we have not been able to prepare for this match.
“We want, and will try to, win tomorrow. The last two results at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan [both 6-2 wins] are irrelevant. I don't think we will repeat that result.
“Tomorrow’s match will be difficult. Sevilla have a lot of quality, and we haven't had a lot if time to work together.”