Euro 2024: Portugal’s coach says Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t need a break

Cristiano Ronaldo’s experience and fitness have impressed Portugal’s coach Roberto Martinez, who stated that Ronaldo is healthy enough to play consistently in complete 90-minute games at Euro 2024.

The 39-year-old Ronaldo did not score in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against Czechia in their opening Euro 2024 match.

When asked if playing Ronaldo for 90 minutes made sense ahead of Friday’s match against Turkey, Martinez responded to a press conference by asking, “Do you know how many minutes Cristiano played last season? He possesses experience; no other football player in history has participated in six European Championships.

It’s critical to recognize the value each player offers. Cristiano provides experience, opportunities for goals, and an ability to create space. Based on his past performances in contests, Cristiano is on the national squad because he deserves to be there.”

In his first full season at Al Nassr, Ronaldo set a Saudi Pro League record with 35 goals. With 130 goals overall, he leads all men’s international football goal scorers.

Martinez expressed his admiration for Ronaldo’s most recent performance.

“He was very disciplined, worked hard and is a killer, a very important box player,” Martinez stated. “He creates room. Cristiano was in the area, so space opened up when Francisco [Conceicao] scored. Cristiano is crucial to our goal-oriented approach and our efforts in the penalty area.”

Conceicao, 21, made his debut for Portugal in a friendly in March, thus his inclusion in the Euro 2024 squad came as a surprise. If Conceicao, who scored the game-winning goal against Czechia, should start against Turkey, Martinez was questioned about it.

“We have 23 field players, 10 who go into the starting 11 and a team that finishes the game,” Martinez stated. “When called upon, it matters most that everyone is prepared. We witnessed that in the previous game. Francisco entered and explained his inclusion in the Seleção.”

In their first match, Turkey defeated Georgia 3-1, with Arda Güler of Real Madrid shattering Ronaldo’s record from 2004 by being the youngest player to score on their European Championship debut at the age of 19 and 114 days.

“We know that Arda Güler is a sensational talent, he has an extraordinary future,” Martinez stated. “I like teams that give younger players room, and it’s great to see him playing. He’s a very efficient player.” Even though it was a fantastic occasion, we still intend to win.

“I don’t agree that this game is going to be easier than our opening game, there are no easy games at a European Championship.”

Vincenzo Montella, the Turkey coach, stated later on Friday that Guler “is physically not 100%” and will be evaluated prior to the match in Dortmund.

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