Real Madrid's coach Rafa Benitez (left) watches forward Cristiano Ronaldo (right) during a training session.
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Rafael Benitez says Cristiano Ronaldo is welcome to get angry during training – as long as he keeps producing the goods on the pitch.
Ronaldo caught the headlines after becoming aggravated with Benitez during a recent Real Madrid training session, though he promptly delivered a typically ruthless display in the 4-1 win over Manchester City.
And Benitez says he has no problem with such outbursts from his players, provided they deliver when it matters most.
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"My relationship with him is good," he told reporters in China when asked about Ronaldo. "When someone gets angry during a training session, but then does their job, there’s no problem, it’s fine."
Benitez also admits having a fully-fit James Rodriguez and Isco to choose from will present a welcome selection dilemma heading into the new season.
"As a coach I am delighted to have players with quality like that," he said. "To be competitive, they need to be at 100 per cent and after that I will make my decision. Both of them are going to make my job much harder."
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