Paul Clement recalls replacing Cristiano Ronaldo as he takes charge at Swansea

Swansea’s head coach Paul Clement believes having taken off Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid will help him handle players – but chairman’s treatment of Alan Curtis casts a shadow

Paul Clement already has a response prepared for the Swansea City player that dares to show any disrespect towards him when they are substituted. Swansea’s new head coach will cast his mind back to the day when he was standing in for Carlo Ancelotti and hauled off Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabéu.

“I actually took him off, would you believe that?” Clement said, smiling. “In our very last game at Real Madrid, Carlo was serving a two-game suspension. We were playing Getafe and we were going to take off Cristiano in the second half. We’d spoken about it at half-time. I said: ‘Cris, we’re going to take you off in this minute,’ and he said: ‘Who’s coming on for me?’ I actually put on Martin Odegaard and it was his debut for the club. Is that a claim to fame? I could say to some of the Swansea players if I take them off and they shake their head: ‘I’ve taken off Cristiano Ronaldo, so I can take you off.’”

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