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Mourinho unworried by 'sad' Ronaldo

September 14, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he is not too concerned how star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is feeling, as long as he keeps doing the business out on the pitch.

Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
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Following Real's recent 3-0 win at home to Granada, Ronaldo told reporters that he was upset and claimed that "those who worked in the club" knew why - prompting speculation about his future.

However, Mourinho insists he was unperturbed by Ronaldo's remarks, saying: "If Cristiano is sad and plays as he has been playing, that's perfect. I am a coach and if we do not win, you kill me. If the players do not play well, the same.

"Cristiano is playing at 100% and scoring goals. He is a team-player, unselfish, an example at training. I am not worried about things which are not fundamental.

Mourinho asked journalists to now give Ronaldo a break and let him concentrate on playing football.

"Cristiano has given you a fantastic fortnight, while there were international games on which were not great," Mourinho said. "He needs peace, tranquility and to play football, which is what he likes to do. The Bernabeu and I must only judge his behaviour on the pitch. If I do not see him playing well in the 80th minute then I will take him off and put on someone else."

Mourinho confirmed he had all his international players back after the recent break, adding: "Many players have been away too long and I also spent too much time with just three players and the kids from the B team. We are missing nobody, everyone arrived tired, but not too much, without any big physical problems. They all want to play.

"I am a football coach and I need to worry about sports results and the quality of play. I am only worried if the team does not play well. We played a great game in the Supercopa, and it got us a trophy, another game in which we were good, and three La Liga games I did not like.

"I only have a small part in my players playing well. On the other hand, I am very responsible if they play badly. And Cristiano has played well, very well, for two years. My part in that is one per cent, he has the other 99."