Al Nassr Coach Rudi Garcia Criticises Ronaldo and His Teammates After Damaging Draw in Saudi League

Al Nassr Coach Rudi Garcia Criticises Ronaldo and His Teammates After Damaging Draw in Saudi League

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:30 PM
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  • Al-Nassr manager Rudi Garcia criticised Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates after a draw over the weekend
  • The 59-year-old was dissatisfied as his team fell further from the top of the Saudi Arabian top flight league
  • Garcia will hope his charges redeem themselves next Tuesday when Al-Nassr face Al-Hilal in a blockbuster

Rudi Garcia has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates after Al-Nassr dropped valuable points in a damaging draw with Al-Feiha last Sunday.

The French tactician did not hold back his feelings when expressing his disappointment with his charges, as they lost further ground to league leaders, Al-Ittihad, who currently lead the Saudi top flight with three points.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and his Al-Nassr teammates have been criticised by head coach, Rudi Garcia. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN
Source: Twitter

With seven games to spare, Garcia and his side have their work cut out for them and would hope Al-Ittihad stumbles in their subsequent games, in order to stand a chance of Al-Nassr winning their first league crown since the 2018–19 season, 90 Min reported.

Reflecting on the disappointing draw, the manager stated, as quoted by GOAL:

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"The result is definitely bad, and we are not happy."

He continued, aiming a remark at his players:

"I don’t feel satisfied with [their] performance. I asked them to play at the same level as the last game [a 5-0 win over Al-Adalah], but this didn’t happen."

Nonetheless, the former Olympique Lyon and AS Roma boss remained optimistic about Al-Nassr's chances of winning the Saudi Pro League.

"There are seven games left, we will try to recover, and we realise that it’s not easy after we lost two points, but everything is possible."

Ronaldo reacts angrily after draw

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Ronaldo reacting with frustration after Al-Nassr and Al-Feiha played out a goalless draw in the Saudi Pro League.

The 38-year-old was held at bay by a resolute defence in the Sunday clash, after scoring three goals in each of his previous two league matches.

After the game, Ronaldo - the club's second-highest scorer this season - walked down the tunnel while ferociously expressing his anger and outrage.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.