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Oltra wary of Ronaldo threat

Deportivo La Coruna coach Jose Luis Oltra believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s unhappiness has not affected his performances for Real Madrid.

Oltra takes his team to the Santiago Bernabeu with a chance of surpassing their opponents on the table, if they can take home all three points.

But the 43-year-old has admitted he does not understand Ronaldo’s feelings despite Real’s disappointing start to the season.

”I see their statistics, their parties, and I see no sorrow,” he told Oltra told AS.com.

“He did not celebrate a goal, which is sad, but I have to respect him because I don’t know the reasons. If he is sad we have not noticed it in his performance.”

The former Tenerife coach still feels the Portugal international is a major threat and believes his side will have to work especially hard to nullify him.

“We must try to minimise our chasing, track back, do a lot of covering and support each other. We must find the right balance,” Oltra said.

The newly promoted side have won just one of their five league matches so far, but have also only been defeated once compared to the the two losses suffered by Real.

These respective records have given Oltra and his side confidence ahead of their trip to the capital, and he hopes they can get the better of Jose Mourinho’s men.

“Going to the Bernabeu is always a challenge. Madrid have gone 18 home matches without losing and Mourinho teams are always very strong at home,” he said.

”It is certainly not the best place to go to recover after losing, but we will fight for the victory.”

Fri 28 Sep, 2012
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