Cristiano Ronaldo scolds James Rodriguez in Real Madrid training

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Cristiano Ronaldo looked furious in Real Madrid training prior to their Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

He produced two horrible tackles on teammates Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema before booting the ball away after it struck his hand.

We can only imagine that Ronaldo deems training rants as some sort of motivational technique, for he looked disappointed in Madrid’s latest practise session.

This time it was James Rodriguez who was on the receiving end. Rather hypocritically, Ronaldo seemed to take offence when the Colombian went in rough on a teammate during a rondo.

Pot, meet kettle.

Pepe, on the other hand, seemed delighted with James’ tackle. But then again, Pepe loves a nasty challenge more than anything in life.

Yet Ronaldo deemed it necessary to call James over and express his dismay. Weird.

Check out the footage below.

Consecutive draws

Zinedine Zidane’s side were training ahead of their La Liga clash against Eibar today.

Los Blancos have established an early lead in the title race but there are six clubs within three points of them, including Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. But they would be even further ahead if they hadn’t drawn their past two league games.

Draws against Villarreal and Las Palmas were followed up but a 2-2 draw against Dortmund in which Madrid conceded an 87th-minute equaliser, and Zidane is eager to avoid another slip up at home to eighth-placed Eibar.


The Frenchman has, rather bizarrely, come under criticism. They’re a tough crowd in Madrid.

"I've been a player here, and been here many years," Zidane said, per ESPN FC, about the criticism. "This is the top, and this is what happens here.

“But what I want is to look for solutions, why we were missing something in Las Palmas, in Dortmund. The demands at this club are day to day.

“People can be happy we won the Champions League. But if tomorrow we do not win again, I know what can happen. I must look for solutions, so that we improve. I know where I am."

More clinical

The key for Zidane moving forwards is ensuring his team take their chances.

"That is what we must improve," he added. "When you have the game controlled, and they equalise, we must change something.

“If we have chances, and we had many, we must put them in. That's all. But I am not concerned. These moments can happen, we must look forward."

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