MADRID - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho
will rest Portuguese compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday's
La Liga match at home to Real Zaragoza, the club said on Friday.
Ronaldo was left out of the squad along with midfielders
Xabi Alonso and Lassana Diarra following their exertions in
Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg defeat by
Midfielders Sami Khedira and Fernando Gago are still
unavailable due to injury, the club said on their website.
Ronaldo, whose 42nd goal in all competitions this season
gave Real a dramatic 1-0 victory over Barca in last week's
King's Cup Final, was visibly frustrated at his team's defensive
tactics in Wednesday's European clash.
"I don't like it, but I have to adapt because that's the way
it is," he told reporters after the game.
Asked about the remarks at a news conference on Friday,
Mourinho said Ronaldo was entitled to his opinion.
"He can say what he wants - that's his opinion," Mourinho
said. "It's not a problem for me."
Barca, who play at mid-table Real Sociedad on Saturday, have
an eight-point lead over Real at the top with five games left
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