AFP – Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek says his team must stop Cristiano Ronaldo running at them or he will be “impossible” to stop.
The Czechs tackle the Portuguese at the National Stadium on Thursday in the first of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Portugal are clear favourites even though it is the Czechs who come into the game as group winners and that is in no small part due to 60-goal Ronaldo.
Bilek acknowledges Ronaldo’s talent and subsequently says he’s been planning a more defensive approach.
“We’ll concentrate on our own game, we know Portugal have a lot of dangerous players in midfield and forwards such as Nani, (Helger) Postiga and Ronaldo.
“He’s an excellent player and we have that in mind and we’ll adjust our tactics to be more defensive.”
Some people have suggested this match will be a case of the superstar against the collective unit but Bilek dismissed any such notions, insisting that Portugal are no one-man band.
“We know that Portugal are also very compact and balanced, Ronaldo is dangerous but he’s not the only dangerous player so we’re not just preparing for him but also the whole Portugal team.”
“But to defend well, we have to close the defence and not give him space because if Ronaldo runs at you it’s impossible to stop him.”
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