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Ronaldo Could Play At Right-back Versus Bayern Munich



Injuries to Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez have forced Zidane?s hand Real Madrid?s injury crisis in the right-back position is prompting coach Zinedine Zidane to do the near-unthinkable and field star striker Cristiano Ronaldo at right-back.
Dani Carvajal?s injury during the semi-final 1st leg versus Bayern Munich would normally not be a cause for panic, but ever-reliable utility defender Nacho Fernandez is also struggling to be fit in time for the clash, while young Achraf Hakimi is not thought to be up to the task.
There were suggestions that Lucas Vazquez could start at right-back, given his impressive performance in that position during the closing stages of the 1st leg, but Zidane is intent on playing the Spaniard in his normal position due to his two-way prowess and work rate in the final third. While Ronaldo still remains a curious emergency option for right-back, Zidane did his best to explain his reasoning in an exclusive interview with Managing Madrid.
?Cristiano has more tactical acumen than people give him credit for, and he is ready to sacrifice himself for the team and play at right-back for one game,? Zidane said.
?It?s true that he is a goalscorer first and foremost, but we didn?t need him to get on the scoresheet in the 1st leg, and we believe we can get by without his goals in the 2nd leg as well.?
There also appear to be specific tactical reasons for playing Ronaldo in defense.
?Against Juventus, we had a lot of trouble with crosses to the bac...
source: managingmadrid
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