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Didi Hamann thinks ‘pedestrian’ Portugal would be better off WITHOUT 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo

Didi Hamann thinks ‘pedestrian’ Portugal would be better off WITHOUT 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo

‘You may inform his age at present… I don’t assume he’s an enormous assist to Portugal’: Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of tempo is holding again Fernando Santos’ ‘pedestrian’ facet and so they’d be higher off WITHOUT him, insists Didi Hamann

Cristiano Ronaldo got here below hearth from Didi Hamann following his efficiency in Portugal’s win over Ghana on Thursday night.

The 37-year-old striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot, turning into the primary man to attain in 5 totally different World Cups within the course of. 

It was a much less snug end result than Portugal followers might need hoped for, although, as Ghana pulled two targets again to make the rating line 3-2.

Didi Hamann (above) has questioned Cristiano Ronaldo’s affect on the Portugal facet

He praised Ronaldo for being good with his head but slammed him for giving the ball away

He praised Ronaldo for being good together with his head however slammed him for giving the ball away

Regardless of getting on the scoresheet, Hamann felt Ronaldo was holding his facet again. He informed RTE:  ‘I don’t assume he’s the identical participant – I don’t know if that is match health or as a result of he hasn’t performed. If you happen to watch him at present, the balls he’s given away he’s by no means given away in his profession. 

‘I believe he’s misplaced at the least a yard, however what he nonetheless does, he’s most likely nonetheless the perfect within the air, as a result of the spring he’s bought is unbelievable. 

When requested if Ronaldo may nonetheless assist Portugal, Hamann mentioned: ‘I’m not too positive. They give the impression of being pedestrian.

However, Hamann criticised the 37-year-old for giving away possession too easily on Thursday

Nevertheless, Hamann criticised the 37-year-old for freely giving possession too simply on Thursday

Hamann said Ronaldo's lack of pace is holding Fernando Santos' 'pedestrian' side back

Hamann mentioned Ronaldo’s lack of tempo is holding Fernando Santos’ ‘pedestrian’ facet again

‘Clearly off set items he can at all times rating as a result of he’s good together with his head, however whether or not he will get one other membership or the place he will get one other membership, I’m not too positive.’

Going ahead, Hamann felt Rafael Leao can be key to Portugal’s hopes. 

He mentioned: ‘I believe Leao has bought to return into the group as a result of they only lack tempo all through the pitch, and in the event you haven’t bought tempo in fashionable soccer it’s very onerous to create probabilities from open play. 

‘As soon as get out of the group, which they need to do, knockout phases it’s a distinct story. I don’t assume it’s a group that’s straightforward to interrupt down, however a whole lot of comparable gamers and I wouldn’t have them down as one of many three or 4 groups that may truly win it.’

Hamann felt  Rafael Leao's pace would be key to Portugal's hopes in the tournament

Hamann felt  Rafael Leao’s tempo can be key to Portugal’s hopes within the event

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