"I am upset by the penalty of Cristiano Ronaldo and I can not think of his absence from five games," the French coach said at the press conference on Wednesday's match against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Real Madrid coach said he had hoped that the sanctions committee would reconsider Ronaldo, reduce his sentence and confirm that he was deeply saddened by the penalty.
"I do not know what the commission will do, but in the end, whatever the decision, I do not understand why Cristiano stopped five games."
Zidane said Ronaldo was very upset by the decision to stop him and wanted to play for the Clasico, but he could not, and they were waiting for the final decision of the Sanctions Committee, on the appeal filed by the Real Madrid administration, which is due to be announced Wednesday.
The Real Madrid coach said he was happy with two players, Gareth Bell and Ascencio, and that he expected them to have a good season.
On the other hand, the French coach said that in football there is nothing conclusive, and that he expected the game to be as strong as the past and perhaps more difficult, but pointed out that his team will play a good game, and will work to win.
"I do not know how Barcelona will replace Neymar, but I do not care about that as much as I care about Africa," Zidane concluded.