Carlo Ancelotti has told Cristiano Ronaldo he doesn't have to defend in order to retain Real Madrid's attacking threat.
The new Madrid manager is reportedly more than happy with Ronaldo's record of 34 goals in as many La Liga games last term, and is content to let the Portuguese superstar have freedom going forward.
Ancelotti is concerned that placing a higher emphasis on defending may stifle Ronaldo's potency in front of goal, and so has told the 28-year-old to not worry about staying further up the pitch.
"Cristiano doesn't need to do much work at the back. He needs to be ready when the team has the ball," Ancelotti told reporters.
"He has to feel comfortable on the pitch. There's no need to change his position."
The Italian coach is also not fazed about striking options following the departure of Gonzalo Higuain.
He added: "We've got Ronaldo, who's the best in the world, Benzema, [Alvaro] Morata, Jese [Rodriguez]," when asked about the firepower at his disposal.
"There are some truly great strikers about elsewhere, but we've got good enough ones here to do as well as possible."
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