José Mourinho has decided to rest Cristiano, Lass, and Albiol Xabi Alonso in Saturday’s game against Zaragoza, despite all four are in a perfect condition.
For Xabi and Lass absence, Mou explained that both players are tired for playing full 90 minutes on the last Clasico, with 10 men on the last half hour.
He also explained that he don’t have to play Albiol, since he prefers to play Pepe and Ramos, who won’t be able to play on the second leg of Champions League semi-finals next week.
As for Cristiano Ronaldo absence, he said,”It’s my decision. We have Benzema, Higuain, Kaka, Adebayor, and di Maria…”
And after the squad list for Zaragoza has been announced, it’s clear that Mou uses all of his best players (minus Alonso,Lass, and albiol for the right reason), accept for Ronaldo. The media assumed that it has something to do with Ronaldo’s previous comment after the Clasico match. On an interview, Ronaldo admitted that he doesn’t like Mou’s defense strategy , but still trying to get use to it.
Mou is now reportedly upset with the statement, and decided to teach Ronaldo a lesson. He knows that Ronaldo wishes to play, to earn goals for the pichichi competition.