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Madrid still hopeful on Ronaldo

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has not given up hope of having Cristiano Ronaldo’s suspension lifted.

The Italian remains optimistic that the Portugal international could be available for Real’s La Liga game at Getafe on Sunday, despite the fact that the forward is still due to sit out a further two games after missing Saturday’s win at Villarreal.

Ronaldo was dismissed during the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao and was subsequently handed a three-game ban, a decision that has been contested by the club.

Ancelotti was unhappy with the dismissal at the time and has not changed his stance.

“We hope our appeal (for Ronaldo’s suspension) is good and he can play our next league games,” said Ancelotti.

“Just like in Italy, there is a lot of pressure on referees and your work is more difficult when you are under more pressure.

“There is less pressure in England so it is easier to referee there.

“Some teams might have more luck and other might have less luck with referees. It works like that.”

Ronaldo will feature in Real’s Copa del Rey clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, a tie Ancelotti’s side have a three-goal lead in ahead of the second leg.

Mon 10 Feb, 2014
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