Best in The World? Cristiano Ronaldo’s Fitness and Attitude Both Under the Spotlight

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness and attitude has come under the spotlight after he reacted angrily to being substituted during Juventus’ win over AC Milan and coach Maurizio Sarri said the 34-year-old had been nursing a knee injury for some time.Ronaldo now faces two matches with Portugal where he will want to help the European champions guarantee their place at Euro 2020 and close in on the 100-goal milestone for his country. He currently has 95 goals and, given his prolific record, it is not inconceivable that he could reach 100 against Lithuania and Luxemburg – if he can play.Ronaldo gave Sarri a dirty look and walked straight down the tunnel after being substituted in the 55th minute on Sunday, prompting widespread criticism led by former Real Madrid, Juventus and England coach Fabio Capello.”Ronaldo hasn’t dribbled past a player in three years and I remember when he could leave them on the floor,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia. “Sarri was right to take him off. The fact that he did not go and sit on the bench was not a good image.”Sarri said the player had taken a knock on the knee in training a month ago was still feeling the effects.”When he trains with high intensity and plays matches, he feels some pain. He can’t train too hard and has difficulty when he kicks the ball.”Sarri added that Ronaldo was also suffering problems with his thigh and calf, raising questions as to whether the striker was taking unnecessary risks by playing on rather than taking some time out to regain full fitness.Ronaldo’s career has been remarkably injury-free and his longest layoff was in 2008 when a fractured knee cap sidelined him for 94 days, during which he missed 11 games.An ankle injury cost him nine games in 2009 and he suffered another knee injury during the Euro 2016 final for Portugal against France.He was also troubled by tendinosis around his left knee in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup. He played in all of Portugal’s games but later admitted that he had taken a risk by playing through it.According to the specialist website Transfermarkt, he has only missed 53 games in his entire career due to injury.Sarri described Ronaldo’s angry reaction to being substituted as normal for a top player, but he will probably be more than happy to let Portugal coach Fernando Santos deal with the problem for the next week. Attitudecristiano ronaldoEuro 2020fitness First Published: November 12, 2019, 8:18 AM ISTlast_img read more

Lahm: Guardiola is an unbelievable coach

first_imgManchester City Lahm lauds ‘unbelievable’ Guardiola on the back of record-breaking Man City season Chris Burton 21:47 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philipp Lahm Pep Guardiola Bayern Munich Getty Manchester City Guardiola Bayern München Germany Bundesliga World Cup Premier League Having worked with the Catalan at Bayern Munich, a World Cup winner considers the former Barcelona boss to be one the best coaches in the business Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been hailed as an “incredible” coach by Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm, while Germany manager Joachim Low is considered to be “excellent”.The Catalan has enjoyed success wherever he has been, with a trophy-laden career taking him from Camp Nou to the Etihad Stadium via the Allianz Arena.A Premier League and Carabao Cup double was secured in 2017-18, providing Guardiola with his first silverware in English football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now There is the promise of plenty more to come, with Lahm having seen firsthand how productive the 47-year-old can be once he gets a squad buying into his methods and playing to their potential.The former Bayern captain told BBC Sport: “Pep has an idea which I rate as superb. How he prepares his sides is unbelievable – the analysis of your own game, but also the analysis of your opponent. He has an idea of how to face the opponent and he provides solutions for his players.“That was a perfect fit for my game. It was always a huge joy for me. I think he also used me a little bit to implement his style into the team. I had a lot of fun working with him.”Guardiola once called Lahm “one of the most fantastic players I ever trained in my life and one of the most intelligent”, with the legendary full-back quick to repay that compliment.He added: “It is a huge compliment. We just enjoyed sharing ideas about football. It was tremendous fun. And I think he also enjoyed talking to me about football. We had similar ideas. He always provided the players with solutions. It was a privilege for me.”Another manager Lahm savoured success under during a glittering career is Germany coach Low.Joachim Low Germany international friendly 2018Together they tasted World Cup glory in 2014, with the 58-year-old having recently committed to a new contract through to 2022.Lahm considers that to be good news for Die Mannschaft, with a return to club management put on hold for now.“He is an excellent coach and could work as a coach everywhere,” said Lahm.“But there is a difference. I always find it really hard to compare coaches – especially when you look at national coaches and club managers. At a club, you work on a daily basis. You work on forming a team.“The difficulty with the national team is that you sometimes only have the players for four days. Afterwards, maybe you don’t see each other for three or four months. That is not easy. I think those are two different things, national coach and club manager. You need to be able to do both, neither is easy.”last_img read more