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Portugal Coach: Why I Started Ronaldo On The Bench

Portugal Coach: Why I Started Ronaldo On The Bench

By SL International - Oct 08, 2017 09:02 AM

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has explained why he started Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench in their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Andorra.

Read: Ronaldo & Silva Keep Portugal's WC Hopes Alive

The Real Madrid superstar was surprisingly left out of Selecao's line-up for the must-win qualifier against Andorra on Saturday night.

However, after scoreless opening 45 minutes, Ronaldo was introduced at the start of the second half and managed to open the scoring in the 63rd minute as Portugal went on to win 2-0 on the night.

Santos revealed after the game that the country's all-time top scorer did not train as much as the other players during the week.

"I thought a lot. I thought, well, Ronaldo did not train 100 per cent in two of the days of work," Santos told RTP.

"There were many factors that led to this decision. Games are complicated, I tried to manage and do what was best.

"Whether it was questionable or not... we ended up winning and that's what matters."

 
Do you think Santos was right to leave Ronaldo on the bench from the start? Have your say in the comment section below.
 


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JAGUAR89 Joined: 27 Aug 2013
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JAGUAR89 Oct 14, 2017 03:32 PM
@alizebucs1986 Argentina Qualified and they will face Germany again at Final! And beat them.
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JAGUAR89 Oct 14, 2017 03:30 PM
@alizebucs1986 Portugal faced small teams! Come Russia they will exit early like they did @Brazil.....
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Maredo Oct 09, 2017 04:18 PM
I like this Portugal Coach. His got the fatherly thing around him.
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cargo_Tk-777 Oct 09, 2017 03:26 PM
that's what we call a couch_gud decision
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jinks Oct 08, 2017 10:19 PM
The Argentina coach shud emulate the Portugal coach maybe things will work for him too.
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spanish laligabbva Oct 08, 2017 05:27 PM
It was a gamble that paidoff CR7 didn't train much datz why he was introduced later
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S@ Velley thabane Oct 08, 2017 04:05 PM
@U knw wt u dd
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Bulldog Oct 08, 2017 03:47 PM
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Nelson[barça & kby] Oct 08, 2017 02:44 PM
I careless mxm
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T T Larry Oct 08, 2017 02:15 PM
@Faysal pray for your hero because him and his team needs prayers and leave the King alone
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Faysal Oct 08, 2017 01:58 PM
Who cares
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Faysal Oct 08, 2017 01:58 PM
Who cares
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nhlekoraymond Oct 08, 2017 01:50 PM
Next time you will lose your job coach,should Portugal lost,definitely your job could have been on risk.Class and talent are two different things
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alizebucs1986 Oct 08, 2017 01:31 PM
@JAGUAR89 Bring Bolivia and Peru in front of CR7 and u Will See,the King does not need 90 Minutes to Score,like Someone who Needed 90 Minutes only Crashing the Crossbar Sies
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alizebucs1986 Oct 08, 2017 01:25 PM
@JAGUAR89 Messi Failed to Score against Bolivia,Peru Paraguay maybe he is waiting for a Penalty against Ecuador to Score Kikikiki
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Fifi.Siwelele plus Anfield Oct 08, 2017 01:07 PM
Even Messi will jump like an idiot if he scored a penalty ag against Tahiti
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JAGUAR89 Oct 08, 2017 12:58 PM
Andorra !!!! !!!! !!!! Then celebrate like you scored against world champions (Germany)? Mxm
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Buccaneer 4 lyf Oct 08, 2017 12:36 PM
The king CR7 picked up your ass to Russia wena Cowch...don't bench him again or you gonna be a hobo
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Dollar D Oct 08, 2017 12:36 PM
Phenominal King CR7
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Povie09 Oct 08, 2017 12:23 PM
If you want to loose your job keep beacnhing CR7...

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