Rafael Benitez says Cristiano Ronaldo is welcome to get angry during training – as long as he keeps producing the goods on the pitch.
Ronaldo caught the headlines after becoming aggravated with Benitez during a recent Real Madrid training session, though he promptly delivered a typically ruthless display in the 4-1 win over Manchester City.
And his head coach says he has no problem with such outbursts from his players, provided they deliver when it matters most.
“My relationship with him is good,” he told reporters in China when asked about Ronaldo. “When someone gets angry during a training session, but then does their job, there’s no problem, it’s fine.”
Benitez also admits having a fully-fit James Rodriguez and Isco to choose from will present a welcome selection dilemma heading into the new season.
“As a coach I am delighted to have players with quality like that,” he said. “To be competitive, they need to be at 100 per cent and after that I will make my decision. Both of them are going to make my job much harder.”
Madrid take on Inter in the International Champions Cup on Monday.