Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo says he is looking to sustain his recent goal-scoring form after firing successive hat-tricks in four days.
The reigning world footballer of the year scored four goals in Tuesday evening’s 5-1 win over Elche after also scoring three in Real’s 8-2 humiliation of Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
The ‘Los Blancos’ face a tricky away trip to Villarreal this weekend with Carlo Ancelotti set to once more reshuffle his lineup from the win at the Bernadene. But the 29-year-old does not envisage dropping to the bench yet.
“We are at the start of the season and I want to play to gain confidence and rhythm,” said Ronaldo. “When the right games come I will rest and rotate, but now isn’t the right moment. I want to continue to be better.”
Ronaldo has now scored 12 goals in eight appearances this season. Following Tuesday night’s win, Ancelotti singled the three-week break granted the Portuguese superstar at the start of the season to ease knee and hamstring injuries as key to his superlative return to form.
Ronaldo’s progress at the summer’s World Cup was blighted by tendonitis in his left knee, but he believes he is nearing his peak performance level.
“I feel good and without any pain. I am still improving and I have a little way to go so I want to continue like this. I can still be better physically. I trained really hard during the break after not having a good pre-season, but now I feel confident and without pain.”
Karim Benzema and Luka Modric would return to the side for the trip to El Madrigal with Isco and Asier Illarramendi set to drop to the bench. Ancelotti chose not to reveal his first-choice goalkeeper for Villarreal after handing a debut to Chilean goalkeeper Kaylor Navas in the midweek and with Iker Casillas already a subject of criticism from fans.