Al Nassr manager explains why Cristiano Ronaldo struggled on debut

Al Nassr supervisor Rudi Garcia has actually declared his group attempted too difficult to include Cristiano Ronaldo in his launching for the Saudi Arabian side.

After serving his suspension which he got in England for slapping the phone out of an Everton fan’s hand, Ronaldo made his long-awaited launching for Al Nassr in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Ettifaq however stopped working to discover the back of the internet.

The 37-year-old was handed the captain’s armband for the video game however invested the majority of the 90 minutes on the fringes of things, and Garcia confessed his side should determine how to play together with Ronaldo.

“It’s very important for the players to play normally and not always try to give the ball to Cristiano,” the boss told reporters. “I told them they need to make the right choices on the pitch. Obviously when Cristiano or Talisca are alone and asking for the ball we need to give them the ball. These two players are able to make the difference.

“Tonight, I think that sometimes we had good positions to cross but not enough people in the box – and sometimes no Ronaldo and no Talisca. We need to work on that, to have one of them in the box and maybe the other playing outside the box.”

Nevertheless, Garcia was adamant Ronaldo will come good soon, even claiming Sunday’s game was the first time in months that the Portugal striker has played with a smile on his face.

“Everyone knows Cristiano – he’s a five-time Ballon d’Or winner,” Garcia continued. “He’s one of the best players in the history of football. It’s up to us to make sure we get him in the best condition. I want him to enjoy playing here and tonight he was happy to play for the first time.”

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