Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has told fans to be patient with Cristiano Ronaldo as the world record signing struggles to adapt to life at his new club.
The Portuguese winger failed to impress during his side’s 4-0 friendly win over of Rosenborg on Monday in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy.
“Cristiano Ronaldo needs a little time to adapt to his new team’s style. Every player on the squad is working hard to be fit and play well,” Pellegrini said.
“Cristiano has experienced a change in style and now lives in a different country. He needs a little more time unlike those who already know La Liga.”
Spain’s media expressed disappointment in Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United last month for a record €94 million, over his failure to score during the match.
El Pais suggested the 24-year-old has “struggled to find his place” possibly “because he tries too much to please the public with his technical feats” while ABC said he “spends more time watching the stands than the match itself”.
AS said Ronaldo put in a “discreet” performance and “did not score despite having numerous chances”.
“He showed himself very impatient to try to score,” it said.
Real open their league campaign on Saturday at home against Deportivo La Coruna.