Portugal coach Fernando Santos says his side will lose to Uruguay in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup at Fisht Stadium on Sunday if Cristiano Ronaldo plays alone.
Portugal’s dependence on Ronaldo is seen in the group phase. Four of Portugal’s five goals in the preliminary round of Group B were created by Real Madrid’s striker.
In a press conference ahead of Uruguay vs Portugal match on Friday (29/6), Santos admitted he had predicted there would be questions about his team’s dependence on Ronaldo.
“I just got a free copy, because I bet there will be this question I get free coffee, thank you for your question,” Santos told journalists who asked about Portugal’s dependence on Ronaldo.
“Every team in the world relies on their players, and of course Portugal has one of the best players in the world but you can ask the Uruguayan coach about Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, there are great players in every team. that year.
Santos further denied Portugal’s dependence on Ronaldo. A Selecao das Quinas is said to have to play collectively if you want to beat Uruguay in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.
“Portugal have to play collectively, if Ronaldo is playing alone we will lose, we have to be strong as a team, just like Uruguay is strong as a team,” said Santos who led Portugal’s 2016 European Cup champions.
Santos also believes Uruguay vs Portugal match at Fisht Stadium will not be boring. Previously Uruguay vs Portugal game is predicted to be monotonous because both teams will implement defensive strategy.
“I think it’s going to be an exciting match, two teams trying to win, each team has a gun.This match is different from the group stage, between you win or lose,” said Santos quoted from ESPN