Zinedine Zidane is taking major steps to keep his star man Cristiano Ronaldo fresh and ready to play in Real Madrid’s crucial games, as the Portuguese winger enjoys days off during the week.
Ronaldo’s regular breaks have already been a routine that was installed in the previous season, and the formula has proven to be so successful that the French coach has continued to use the same plan.
However, this time around, Zidane has added a twist to the schedule.Ronaldo has played much less compared to the previous campaign, and although it is not easy for Zidane to leave out his star player for certain games, the coach has managed to change Ronaldo’s schedule in order to keep his legs fresh for the most decisive moments of the season.
Since the beginning of the year, he has been playing one game per week. That has meant a non-negotiable period of six, seven and sometimes even eight days off before facing the next opponent.
The striker didn’t participate in any of the Copa del Rey matches against Numancia, Fuenlabrada and Leganes, nor in the postponed game against Leganes.In addition, he was also rested for Tuesday’s Espanyol defeat.Ronaldo has his days off during the week with the exception of the Champions League, which is the main goal for the Portuguese forward.
The first leg against Paris Saint-Germain has been the only week so far in 2018 in which Ronaldo played three games in eight days; he played on February 10 against Real Sociedad, February 14 in Europe and then on February 18 at Real Betis.Afterwards, he returned to his rhythm of one game per week.Ronaldo has played only nine of Madrid’s 15 games so far this year, as he has been rested more at the beginning of this year than at the beginning of 2017.
Now, the forward is preparing for another round of matches in the upcoming Champions League week.He will start against Getafe on Saturday after not appearing against Espanyol, as the decisive date in Paris lies ahead for the player.