With Portugal already reached the knockout stage in the ongoing FIFA Globalism Portugal coach Fernando Santos said on the eve of the match that the cup is in Qatar, captain and star Cristiano Ronaldo may not play against South Korea in the final group match on Friday.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference at the main media center in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha, on Thursday, Santos said: “Ronaldo will train and if he is OK, he will play. I think it will be 50-50 time. We will decide after watching him in our training session.”
Ronaldo has occupied the first place in public enemy among soccer fans in South Korea since he left an exhibition match with Juventus in Seoul in front of about 65,000 fans, according to Yonhap Agency.
Santos said any question about this incident should be directed at Ronaldo and Juventus, and added, “I think Ronaldo has great respect for the people and players in South Korea.”
Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 and then Uruguay 2-0 in Group H to secure their place in the knockout stage. On the other hand, South Korea drew 0-0 with Uruguay before losing to Ghana 3-2. South Korea should beat Portugal on Friday in education The City Stadium is also in Al Rayyan, and then Uruguay hopes to beat Ghana, or the two countries will end in a tie the same evening.
Santos said that Portugal would “do everything they can” to win the group, but also hinted that he might make some changes to the line-up compared to the previous two matches. “Some of our players are tired, and that can lead to injuries,” Santos said. . “We have to be careful. I will think long and hard about what our starting line-up will look like.”
Santos said South Korea, despite only picking up one point from their first two matches, played very well and should not be taken lightly.
Santos noted, “They are quick in attack and well organized in defence. I think they are a well-trained team and well-prepared. We have to keep developing as well. I have a great deal of confidence in our players.”
If Portugal wins Group H, they will likely avoid facing Brazil in the round of 16. Santos said he was not yet worried about the knockout game at this point and was just focusing on getting his players physically ready for the upcoming matches despite the pace. turn around.
The teams play group matches with three days rest between them, and Portugal’s first knockout match will be next Tuesday.
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