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“Ronaldo does not have to score against Andorra” – Portugal’s head coach defends his decision to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench against Andorra

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Fernando Santos addressed his decision to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for Portugal against Andorra

Fernando Santos, Portugal’s head coach, defended his decision to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench against Andorra, claiming the star will still break the record for international goals.

In a friendly in Lisbon on Wednesday, Ronaldo came on at half-time and scored as Portugal thrashed Andorra 7-0.

The Juventus player jumped to 102 foreign goals, closing the men’s record of 109 on Ali Daei’s former Iran forward.

Santos explained his decision to start Ronaldo on the bench, saying it was partially because the coronavirus had recently sidelined the forward.

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 that putting him on early in the game was right. In the last 20 meters of the pitch, Andorra was only defending and tackling. For us, it could be risky. We must look at any situation carefully. 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’m not sure if Ronaldo was willing to play anyway. Every player still wants goals to be scored, that’s for sure.”

He had more shots (seven) than any other player, while Ronaldo only played a half, while also finishing with an assist as he claimed his 100th international victory against Portugal.

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