The Real Madrid coach, former coach of “CR7”, wanted to support the Portuguese in an interview given to Corriere dello Sport.
Whereas Cristiano Ronaldo lost his starting spot with Portugal, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti came to his rescue, praising his professionalism. “CR7began on the bench the round of 16 against Switzerland (victory for Portugal, 6-1), a few days after his controversial replacement against South Korea in the pools.
“Ronaldo probably still feels like he’s in his twenties because he’s fit, and the answers he’s looking for are in his body, Ancelotti told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. Competition has intensified“.
“I trained him for two years and there were never any problems. In fact, he solved them for me. Cristiano trains well, he pays attention to every detail, everything was easy to manage for me. He is an exceptional player.»
This Thursday, the Portuguese Football Federation denied rumors that Ronaldo threatened to leave the team if his coach Fernando Santos placed him on the bench. He who has not scored since his penalty against Ghana in the first game published a statement affirming the unity of the team. Portugal face Morocco in the quarterfinals on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).