Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo believes the pressure on teammate and £85m world record signing Gareth Bale is “too much”.
Bale scored on his Real debut last month and has only made one start for the ‘Los Blancos’ since joining them from Tottenham Hotspur as a result of a thigh injury which has hindered his progress.
“We shouldn’t put too much pressure on him. That’s not good for him,” said Ronaldo, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie at the Bernabeu.
“He always wants to learn. We have to try to help him, not put pressure on him, and leave him alone, as he’ll be very good for the team.
The 24-year-old Welshman made his first-team return over the weekend, coming on as a substitute against Malaga and even won a penalty which the Portuguese converted in a 2-0 win.
“I think he is doing well,” Ronaldo, 28, added.
“Since he arrived he’s had it a bit tough. He didn’t have a pre-season and he was injured.
“It’s not been easy for him, but you can see how excited he is to be here.”
Real host Serie A side Juventus on Wednesday. The La Liga giants top Group B with six points, while their Italian opponents are second with two points.
Ronaldo insists Carlo Ancelotti’s men should aim to grab the necessary three points and boost their chances of reaching the second-round.
“We have six points and no one qualifies with just six points so we need to win the game.
“It’s a very big game and whoever wins the match will get a huge boost. We are at home and we have to try and win.”