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Fernando Santos explains why Ronaldo isn’t in Portugal squad vs Switzerland

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be involved in Portugal’s Nations League game against Switzerland on Sunday after being left out of the squad.

The Manchester United star scored a brace in the 4-0 reverse victory last week, but this time around he will be given rest.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, Portugal manager Fernando Santos said (via Manchester Evening News): “There are no physical problems. It is normal management.

“It wouldn’t make sense to have 26 players travelling if we can only play 23. It fell to these players to miss out, that’s all.”

Perhaps Santos is preparing Ronaldo for what life might be like under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

The Portuguese talisman is 37 now and shouldn’t be expected to play every week, which only backs the views that United need to sign a goalscorer this summer. Some people at the club think our problems in attack could be fixed if Ten Hag can get some of our attacking players back to their best.

That’s a big ask for certain players.

It’s also good news for United that Ronaldo isn’t playing every minute of every game for Portugal. He needs to be managed going forward and I hope he understands that.

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4 responses to “Fernando Santos explains why Ronaldo isn’t in Portugal squad vs Switzerland”

  1. JD Cap says:

    Santos is acting as if he’s the one that is making the calls to drop Ronaldo when the truth is, it is Ronaldo’s request to take a rest. Santos knows very well that he can’t drop Portugal’s finest and the GOAT if Ronaldo disagrees, period, no one manages Ronaldo, he has managed himself since he came to prominence therefore it is laughable to hear this coach acting as if he’s dropped Ronaldo to simply give fringe players the chance to play.

  2. Alabi Monday says:

    Unbelievable
    If cr7 played that match
    The Portuguese could have had victory over Switzerland