Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has assured fans that star forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is working hard to return to the high standards he is known for.
He has also asked more respect be given to Ronaldo despite his lack of La Liga goals this season.
Ronaldo, 32, has scored eight of Real’s 14 Champions League Group H goals to help the 12-time winners reach the last-16 as runners-up to Tottenham.
No player has scored more Champions League goals than Ronaldo, but he has just two La Liga goals this season.
“Write Cristiano off at your peril,” said Zidane.
Defending champions Real host German club Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
While the Spanish side have qualified as group runners-up, Dortmund, who are third in the group, need to avoid defeat to guarantee a place in the Europa League.
However, all the pre-match talk in Spain has been about Ronaldo’s lack of domestic goals as Zidane’s side trail leaders Barcelona by eight points in the La Liga table.
“We have to give Cristiano a bit more support and show more respect,” added the Real manager.
“He’s so good that when things aren’t going quite so well for him, people start to talk.
“The people who love him and Real Madrid know what he’s doing. He’s working hard until the goals start flowing again.
“Last season he did a phenomenal job. It’s a long season and we’re only halfway there.”