Real Madrid and Portugal’s star Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about his admiration for the Los Blancos’ head coach Zinedine Zidane.
The 1998 World Cup winner with France has been in charge of the club since the dismissal of former manager Rafael Benitez in January.
Ronaldo who has been passed fit for Wednesday’s must win UEFA Champions League clash against Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeau says he admired Zidane as a player and now as a coach.
“I think we feel more appreciated under Zidane. We feel his affection, we know he’s in a period of adaptation, but things have come together very quickly and I’m really happy for him.”
“I always admired him as a player, and now as a coach as well, for how behaves, how he deals with the players. He’s a coach who I would like to see stay at Real Madrid.”
Zidane named a squad of 21 players including the Portuguese star for Real Madrid’s second-leg Champions League semi-final tie against a City side that overcame French champions PSG in the quarter finals.
Ronaldo who already has 16 goals to his name in this season’s Champions League was left out of the the first leg clash at the Etihad due to injury but the Citiyzens will now have to brace up to the challenge of taming one of the world’s deadliest strikers on Wednesday in the Spanish capital.
REAL MADRID SQUAD:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa and Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Bale, Kovacic, Modric and Isco.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lucas Vázquez, Jesé and Mayoral.