Emilio Butragueno has given his opinion on Carlo Ancelotti, Keylor Navas and Cristiano Ronaldo following Real Madrid’s 5-1 demolition of Elche.
Los Blancos had four-goal Ronaldo to thank for a win that moved them into a provisional fourth place in the table and Butragueno, known as ‘El Buitre’ or ‘The Vulture’ in his playing days, had nothing but praise for the Portuguese star.
“It was a great night for Cristiano. He scored two fantastic goals and the last one was a phenomenal piece of play.
“In the head he reminds me so much of [Madrid legend] Santillana. He’s full of energy and can strike with the left foot, right foot and his head,” Butragueno told Canal Plus.
“He can also play across the front line because he is very resourceful, escapes his marker, has a sensational shot and can get goals from anywhere.
“Cristiano is a constant threat and that gives a footballer many options.”
Butragueno, now the club’s director of institutional relations, was asked about the goalkeeping situation at the club, boss Ancelotti having selected Keylor Navas for the Elche clash at the expense of Iker Casillas.
“Keylor did well but the final decision rests with Ancelotti. It’s going to be a long season and all the players will be important.
“I don’t know if it is rotation and I don’t want to go into it, but the team looked solid at the back.
“However, we are all aware we need to be united. The challenges will be great as we are up against some strong rivals, so we must create a sense of confidence in the players.
“They are the ones who defend our colours and we must protect them so they feel comfortable in our space.
“As for Ancelotti, he has enormous experience and a part of him is wise enough to make these decisions.
“I hold him in very high esteem,” added Butragueno.