The coach revealed the attitude of the Portugal captain in view of the match against Switzerland in the round of 16 World Cup 2022.
Portugal vs Switzerland will fight for a ticket to the top 8 of the 2022 World Cup. The duel took place at Lusail Stadium, Qatar on Tuesday (6/12/2022) evening local time or Wednesday (7/12/2022) WIB early morning.
Before playing this important match, Santos expressed his feelings about Ronaldo’s behavior against South Korea in the last match of the group stage.
At the time, Portugal were playing without charges as they had secured qualification for the knockout stage. This rested Santos several major players.
Ronaldo continued to play from the start of the match, then was substituted in the 65th minute. Ronaldo’s attitude as he walked towards the sidelines attracted media attention and the attention of Fernando Santos.
The Portuguese national team captain was seen arguing with one of the South Korean players, Cho Gue-sung, and made a gesture of placing his index finger in front of his lips.
Santos, who watched the incident from the sidelines, admitted he didn’t like Ronaldo’s attitude. However, they fixed the problem.
“Have I seen it? Yes, I don’t like it at all, I really don’t like it,” Santos said at a press conference before the match against Switzerland, quoted by BBC.
“But everything has since been resolved. The matter has been discussed behind the scenes.”
“There will be no more discussions on this subject and now everything is focused on tomorrow’s match,” said the 68-year-old coach.
Ahead of the round of 16, the surprising facts came from the fans of the Selecao das Quinas, nickname of Portugal.
According to a survey conducted by Portuguese media, A Bola, as many as 70% of respondents who were Portuguese fans wanted Ronaldo to be a reserve player.
In this regard, Santos did not provide any further information. Furthermore, he did not confirm that Ronaldo would lead Portugal in the match against Switzerland.
“I will determine who will be the captain only when I get to the stadium, I don’t know yet what our formation will be like,” said Santos.
“I don’t read this kind of information (a poll about Ronaldo). I just focus on my team. We focus on training and we don’t pay attention to any poll.”
Santos also declined to comment on the future of Ronaldo, who will reportedly join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.
“I don’t know anything about (Ronaldo’s future). It’s (Ronaldo’s) decision. I didn’t even know it when I arrived,” added Santos.
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