Thursday, September 19, 2019

Uruguay, Coates not just focusing on Ronaldo

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 28 Jun 2018

787 Views

Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates warned his team not to focus solely on Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their World Cup last-16 clash with Portugal.

Ronaldo has already scored four goals at Russia 2018, helping Fernando Santos’ men progress from Group B.

The Euro 2016 champions face a huge test against Uruguay in Sochi Saturday, with the South Americans holding a perfect record at this year’s tournament.

But while Ronaldo has scored four of his team’s five goals at the showpiece event, Coates said Uruguay could not afford to focus only on the star forward.

“We will defend him with the same respect that we defend others,” he told a news conference.

“He is a worldwide star, but you don’t prepare for a match thinking about one player, but thinking about the team as a whole.”

Ronaldo lifted Portugal to a 3-3 draw against Spain in their opening game, capping a hat-trick with a sensational free-kick.

Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino said his team would need to be careful not to give Ronaldo too many free-kick chances.

“When there is a [free-kick] specialist in the other team, you have to try to avoid fouls near the area,” he said.

“Sometimes it is inevitable because when one midfielder or striker goes towards the goal to shoot, you have to cut the play before.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshockunamusedcooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

Become a Writer
More More
Top