Chile are ready to counter Ronaldo – Pizzi

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORT -

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.

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