Portugal coach reveals reasons for booking Ronaldo against Switzerland


Trainer Portugal Fernando Santo find out the reasons for the layoffs Cristiano Ronaldo in the match against Switzerland. The 37-year-old striker only played in the second half.

Portugal slaughtered Switzerland 6-1 in the round of 16 for the 2022 World Cup at the Lusail stadium on Wednesday (7/12/2022) early morning WIB. This result ensured the passage of the Selecao das Quinas to the quarterfinals.

In this match, the Portuguese manager, Fernando Santos, chose to put Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench. He preferred to play with Goncalo Ramos from the beginning of the match. The result was significant, Ramos scored a hat-trick in this match.

Three other Selecao das Quinas goals came from Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro and Rafael Leao. Switzerland was only able to respond through Manuel Akanji.

Ronaldo himself was introduced by Santos in the 74th minute to replace Ramos. There was news that Santos benched Ronaldo due to CR7’s fractious actions after being substituted against South Korea.

Santos has now revealed the real reason why Ronaldo didn’t play as a starter. He stressed that this was purely part of the strategy.

In the match against Switzerland, another pillar of Portugal that Santos did not play was Joao Cancelo. The Manchester City defender didn’t even have minutes against Switzerland.

“Cristiano and Ramos are different types of players. There are no problems with the captaincy of the national team,” Santos told Metro.

“It’s a strategy. Players have different types. I started too [Diogo] Dalot, Raphael [Guerreiro]However [Joao] Cancelo is an extraordinary player. That’s what I think for the match against Switzerland, in another match it could be different,” he explained.

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