Mourinho unconcerned with Ronaldo's criticism of his tactics, but chooses to leave the winger out of his match squad for fixture against ZaragozaReal Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insists that he does not have any issue with comments made by Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Barcelona, despite the winger being excluded from his squad for Saturday's match against Zaragoza.
Ronaldo was critical of his side's tactical approach to the match versus the Catalan giants, and told the media after the loss: "I do not like to play with this style but I have to adapt because that's what there is. With 2-0 and playing away... in football anything can happen but we know it will be very hard."
Mourinho told a press conference on Friday that he was unconcerned by the comments of the Portuguese winger, but also admitted that Ronaldo will play no part in the Liga encounter.
He stated: "That is his opinion and he can say what he wants. It's not a problem for me.
"Cristiano will not play because we have enough options in attack with [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Karim] Benzema and [Emmanuel] Adebayor."
The former Chelsea and Inter boss also explained his decision to omit other key individuals from his selection: "Lass [Diarra] and Xabi Alonso are physically exhausted because they spent too much time playing 11 on 10. That is why they weren't called up. We don't have many midfielders and they need to be fit to play next Tuesday.
"[Raul] Albiol shouldn't have to play because Pepe and [Sergio] Ramos committed criminal actions and are suspended. They must play tomorrow."
The capital side lost 2-0 to Barca, a match where the Portuguese coach was sent to the stand, and he also lambasted the opposition in his post-match press conference, prompting a Uefa investigation and the Camp Nou side to lodge a report against him.
However, he remained cool when addressing the press and was eager not to let the tension boil over once more, making it clear he was more motivated than ever to continue his work at the club.
He remarked: "I'm fine and in great health. Staying at Real Madrid now has more sense than ever. A picture is worth a thousand words, images of what happened are real and speak for me, they are not an assembly of photoshop or video editing, so I do not think I need to add anything more."
The coach was eager to remind the club and the rest of the world he would not be forced to vacate his seat after his reaction to Pepe's dismissal during the heated contest.
"I have more desire to stay at the head of Real Madrid for what it means. This shirt is white and white now has more meaning. I have no pressure, it's not a problem for me, and I stress, the images speak for me, I won't speak. We are not guilty.
"I have not made accusations, I had just one question. Why? And I said that I might die without having the answer. My answer is the same, I refer to the images."