Cristiano Ronaldo will use the Supercopa de Espana to fine tune ahead of the start of the LaLiga season and is in a comfortable position aware of his importance to Real Madird while at the same time the team is doing well without him.
The usual anxiety that he has to be involved in everything that is going on has changed to a more measured approach and that can be seen as before he would want to give his all at the Camp Nou where as now he is ready to do well for say 45 minutes with the key match in the return leg.
That is Cristiano’s plan for the Supercopa as so far he has played little football, returning for the European Super Cup clash which came on the back of only a few training sessions.
It was not planned that he would play more than 20 minutes against Manchester United and in the end he played 15 minutes in what was a special match for him against his old side and help Real to win the cup. He was at the centre of the celebrations afterwards though which is not something always associated with the Portuguese.
Yesterday he returned to training with his teammates and is strong but not yet at a level to play a full game. To do so would be counter-productive for his end objective which is to be ready to play a full 90 minutes in the first LaLiga match away to Deportivo la Coruna and now he is thinking of playing 45 minutes in the Camp Nou and then 60 or 70 minutes in the Bernabeu.