Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that he does not have any problems with Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s decision not to cancel his birthday party after his side’s 4-0 derby defeat against Atletico Madrid last weekend.
The Portugal international was heavily criticised for not postponing celebrations following Madrid’s thrashing at the hands of their city rivals, while some supporters protested outside the training ground after leaked images of the party circulated within social media.
Ancelotti, however, does not see any reason to punish the prolific attacker or any of his team-mates who attended the party.
“The party is not an issue for me. I have never judged the private lives of players and I won’t start now,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.
“I have no doubts about the players’ professionalism. The private life of each individual is up to them. I’d be getting into their private lives if I asked the players to apologise. I only judge their professional life, on the pitch.
“The players understood the problems we had and the frustration of the fans. We now expect a reaction for everyone to see in tomorrow’s game [against Deportivo La Coruna].
“We understand the fans’ frustrations very well as we feel exactly the same way. We were very sad and very angry after last week’s defeat against Atletico.
“Knowing the players’ character and their professionalism, I am confident the team will be able to react and be competitive once again.”
Madrid are still top of the La Liga table despite last week’s defeat with one point lead over second-placed Barcelona and four points clear of Atletico Madrid.
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