Cristiano Ronaldo has been struggling with a niggling hamstring issue for the last few weeks. Mourinho decided to risk him against Lyon and for 70 minutes against Atléti, and managed to win both. However, during the Atléti game, Ronaldo allegedly re-injured his hamstring and will be out for 2-3 weeks, likely returning for the Champions League quarterfinal match against Tottenham on 5 April.
However, it seems like a number of people think this is a cunning ruse to get Ronaldo out of international duty with Portugal for the next two weeks. Tim Sherwood, the former Blackburn legend and current Tottenham coach sent to scout the Madrid derby match, claims he doesn't think Ronaldo really suffered a hamstring injury. Sid Lowe also doubts the injury, claiming that the idea is to allow Ronaldo to fully recover from his injury instead of going off to play for Portugal for two weeks and thinks that the Madrid player will skip the game against Sporting and return for the Spurs match as planned.
Of course, given our attitude toward international football (we don't like it), we think this is genius! Go Mourinho!