The Portuguese international recently claimed that the Italian Serie A side Juventus feel like “more of a family” when he compares it to his sting with Real Madrid. However, the current Los Blancos manager Santiago Solari defended his club while saying it is just a personal opinion of Cristiano Ronaldo and has nothing to do with the club’s reputation.
The Real Madrid boss also claimed that the squad is the only team in the world which remained humble even after winning the UEFA Champions League three times consecutively. Cristiano Ronaldo himself is one of the flagship players who helped the side to secure the UCL with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the final last season.
Recently, the Portuguese forward spoke quite favorably of his Juventus teammates and compared his time in Italy with his stint at Santiago Bernabeu. However, Zidane’s predecessor Solari is now working his best to get the most of Real Madrid after talking the full-time charge from Julen Lopetegui last month.
While defending his own team, Santiago Solari said: “Humility is a great virtue and the Real Madrid squad is great and humble.” He then refuted Cristiano Ronaldo’s remark and said: “Cristiano is living history of Real Madrid and his feelings are his own.” He then said “Madrid is great in all the values of the sport,” and added “We work very hard – the technical staff, the physios, and the players. All of us.”
Besides the Real Madrid manager, Los Blancos defender Alvaro Odriozola also gave his views after Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview went viral. He said, “I have respect for Cristiano who is a legend here in Madrid, but it is already a past.” He then added, “This is a family and I was surprised by the humility of these players [after joining from Real Sociedad earlier this year] and the appetite they have.”
When media asked Solari if he is now prioritizing La Liga and Champions League, he replied “Those two and also the Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup,” and further added “We have to be alive in all of the competitions. I like them all and that’s what we should aspire to.”
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— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 7, 2018