Chile are ready to counter Ronaldo – Pizzi
Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi is confident his side are fully equipped to deal with the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portugal captain scored twice and registered one assist in three group games at the Confederations Cup to help his side reach the semi-finals.
The European champions will play Chile in the last four in what will be their second match at Kazan Arena, after the Copa America holders finished second in Group B behind Germany.
Pizzi believes Ronaldo can only be a danger when Portugal are playing well as a united team but he has faith his own players know how to handle him.
“Of course, we analyze our opponents every time we play. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing,” he told a news conference.
“Ronaldo is part of the team and of course we’ll have to watch him and try to counter his strengths. He’s got many. But we’ll do nothing special, really, just what we do every time we play a game.
“Portugal have to play as a team as well, even if they have a player like Ronaldo. He needs team-mates to develop his style and his game.
“I can only repeat what I’ve said before: we always analyze the teams we play so we’ve analyzed Portugal as a whole. We need to know what Ronaldo’s skills are but I think we all know; he’s been showing what he can do for 10 or 12 years now. He might get his fifth Ballon d’Or.
Chile finished behind Germany in their group after a surprise 1-1 draw with Australia on matchday three saw them surrender top spot to the world champions.
However, they remain many people’s favorites to win the tournament and they have a clean bill of health for the last four, with Pizzi confirming that Gary Medel and Claudio Bravo are both fit.
Yet Pizzi does not feel that being considered favorites will have any impact on his side.