Fernando Santos discussed his decision to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for Portugal vs. Andorra.
Portugal’s head coach Fernando Santos defended his decision to start Cristiano Ronaldo against Andorra on the bench, stating that the player would still break the international goal record.
Ronaldo came on at half-time in a friendly in Lisbon on Wednesday and scored as Portugal thrashed Andorra 7-0. When it comes to the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has to play [against Andorra] to score goals and break the record, well, to become the top scorer, Ronaldo does not have to score against Andorra. Anyway,” he told a news conference, “he will be.
Therefore, he came on as a replacement and played long enough It is important to understand that during his lockdown, Ronaldo did not play a game for 19 days. He’s one of the players who need a few minutes to get a competitive rhythm.
“I didn’t think it was right to put him on early in the game. Andorra was just defending and tackling the last 20 meters of the pitch. It might be risky for us We have to look at any situation carefully. I’m not sure, anyway if Ronaldo was eager to play. Every player wants to score goals at all times, that’s for sure.”