Rene Meulensteen, former assistant coach to Alex Ferguson, was on the British radio show TalkSPORT and commented on the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo went on the substitute bench in Portugal and Switzerland. The 58-year-old Dutchman worked with Madeiran between 2007 and 2009.
Applause to the Fernando Santos management: “I’m glad I’m not the coach of Portugal at the moment, but I think it’s a bit sad to see that this kind of situation can unfold like it did on the biggest football show in the world. I think the Portugal coach has handled the situation very well. Let’s be.” It was a clear message to the group to show that he is the coach and that no one is bigger than what they are trying to achieve, the World Cup.”
Ronaldo’s role in the national team: “I hope Fernando Santos will have a good conversation with Ronaldo and say: ‘Look, the situation is as it is and now you can do two things: accept [este cenário] or not.’ I think there is still room for him and a role he can play in the team, but it has to be on terms that the Portugal coach wants and I think that will happen in the future.”
Game with Morocco: “Who knows, maybe he will come half an hour before the final whistle and score the winning goal and suddenly everything turns upside down again.”