Cristiano Ronaldo, why wasn’t Cristiano Ronaldo included in the starting eleven? Santos’ answer is this! – portugals boss santos explains why he dropped cristiano ronaldo for world cup clash against swiz

FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup (FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup) One of the most shocking decisions in football was made by Portugal (Portugal) coach Fernando Santos (Fernando Santos) in the pre-quarter match against Switzerland. Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (Cristiano Ronaldo) sat on Santos side bench and lined up the team against Switzerland. Gonzalo Ramos, the young player who came to the field instead of Ronaldo, scored a hat-trick. Gonzalo Ramos’ hat-trick was in the 17th, 51st and 67th minutes.

Fernando Santos explained why Ronaldo was left on the side-bench after the 6-1 win.
Switzerland’s players are different. Cristiano Ronaldo was not included in the starting eleven as part of the game strategy. I am yet to explain why Ronaldo was not included in the starting eleven.

I also included Dalot and Raphael. Not because Cancelo isn’t a great player. This is all part of our strategy against Switzerland. There is no problem between Fernando Santos and the team captain (Cristiano Ronaldo). We have been friends for years. Stars sometimes make decisions. It will all be resolved later. His performance against Switzerland is proof that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best captain – said Fernando Santos.

In the match against Switzerland, Cristiano Ronaldo entered the field in the 73rd minute as a substitute for Jao Felix. Portugal was leading 5-1.
He didn’t like Cristiano Ronaldo’s withdrawal against South Korea in the last match of the group stage. Fernando Santos strongly criticized the action of Cristiano Ronaldo who revealed his dislike. Some point to Ronaldo’s exclusion from the starting XI in the pre-quarter against Switzerland as a clear example of the growing rift between Ronaldo and Santos.

Portugal’s opponents in the quarterfinals are Morocco, the dark horses of the Qatar World Cup. Morocco entered the quarter after defeating Spain in a penalty shootout. This is the first time Morocco has made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. It will be Portugal’s third quarter-final in Qatar. Portugal previously reached the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in 1966 and 2006.

Portugal’s 6-1 win over Switzerland was the biggest win in World Cup knockout history and the first time Portugal had scored six goals in a knockout. Pepe (33rd minute), Rafael Guerreiro (55th minute) and Rafael Liao (90+2nd minute) scored for Portugal along with Gonzalo Ramos’ (17th, 51st, 67th minute) hat-trick. Manuel Akanji (58th minute) scored Switzerland’s consolation goal. Pepe replaced Cristiano Ronaldo as the captain of Portugal.

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