Zidane understands James’ angry outburst

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with James Rodriguez expressing his frustration when he is substituted.

James was seen punching the substitutes bench on Wednesday night after he was taken off with 18 minutes left in the 4-2 win over Leganes, with Isco replacing him.

The Colombia international scored the opening goal and assisted Alvaro Morata’s third goal.

Zidane didn’t read too much into the incident, explaining that he understands players get frustrated when they are substituted.

“I have not spoken with him – it is normal that a player wants to play the full 90 minutes,” Zidane said in his post-match press conference.

“These are things that happen and that is it. I don’t have anything against James, quite the opposite. It is true that he isn’t on the pitch as much, but he is offensive and works hard.

“It happens with Karim [Benzema] too. I am happy with him and it is normal that he is annoyed to be substituted,” Zidane added.

“He played well and I am pleased with that. I do things for the good of the team, I understand his annoyance but he is going to keep being important.”

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