Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho believes that while it is possible to criticise Cristiano Ronaldo for some of his past reactions, the winger generally conducts himself well despite being heckled by opposing fans often.
Ronaldo was repeatedly called ‘Barbie’ by the home crowd as Madrid strolled to a 5-0 victory at Mallorca on Sunday, and the hugely-successful trainer has leapt to his defence.
“Insults aimed at Ronaldo? I don’t think what I say will change anything,” conceded the Portuguese coach.
“It is not easy for a player to be insulted every game they play. You can criticise some of their reactions, when he says to the public to continue or discontinue the hostility. But I’ve never seen Ronaldo answer rudeness with rudeness.”
After recent accusations that Mourinho has disrupted the youth development at Real and caused a rift with youth coach Alberto Toril, the 49-year-old tactician was keen to dismiss such claims, although he admits there is a big difference between the Castilla side and the first team.
“My relationship with Toril is normal. I do my work with the first team, he works with the second team, in this case.
“I have three players that he can use when he wants, and I can when I want. I think it is positive for us both if we have good quality players, and it’s good for me that players can play for the Castilla if they don’t get minutes here [in the first team].
“The collaboration between us both is positive, but he has his autonomy. They have a different system to us, they have a distinct model. They have players who play in positions which do not exist here. We don’t play 4-4-2.
“I respect his autonomy, just as he does mine. There is not a problem,” he said.