Zidane To Preserve Hitman Ronaldo For El Clasico

By Adebayo Williams

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane has revealed that hitman Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the team for the Copa del Rey clash with Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday. Zidane said the decision is to rest the 31-year-old Portuguese for their clash with Barcelona on Saturday.

Madrid recorded a 7-1 win at Cultural in the first leg without their star attacker.

“Wednesday’s game is a chance for Ronaldo to have some rest,” Zidane said at a press conference.

“It is true that 7-1 is a very good result for us, but we must respect the opponent, and the fans who come to support us,” he added.

“I hold Cultural in high esteem. They are a good team that can cause us problems.

“Casemiro will get minutes. It will be his first game back, so we will have to see and see how he feels for Saturday’s match. But he is ready to play.”

The clash with Barcelona gives the side a chance to extend their lead at the top to nine points.

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