We Must Make Ronaldo 'Less Exceptional,' Says Morocco Boss Renard


"Of course Cristiano is added value for Portugal but there are 22 other players here", Santos said.

"We want to score from the opening minute, even though that won't be easy".

Five-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo grabbed a hat-rick as European champions Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw against Spain in a heavyweight showdown in Sochi.

"I hope Cristiano (Ronaldo) will play a great match. (The Portuguese) have two feet, two legs and they are humans like us".

"[Morocco] are one of the best teams in Africa". They're very good and have players who've been playing mostly in Europe.

The Portugal centre-back Pepe was also toeing the party line, saying that they had to prepare for this game as they had done the encounter against Spain.

He said: "We can not wait... to face Portugal, we are not dead yet, we all believe in success to make our supporters and the Moroccan people proud".

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The Besiktas defender praised Ronaldo for his contribution against Spain.

"In Portugal, it is a common gesture to touch your chin". "We have to be very focused and intense in our play and, if we play like we can do, we will win. He makes us dream, he gives us confidence", explained Pepe.

"We've thought about what we did (against Spain) - the good things, the less good things".

Morroco coach Herve Renard has admitted that he is struggling for a plan to contain striker Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday. They have so much attacking quality. He was sent off for a handball against Ghana in the quarterfinals of the 2010 tournament, earning a suspension that had him on the sidelines in a loss to the Netherlands that prevented Uruguay from advancing to the final. I hope he and our team are ready, and we'll be able to face a strong team like Morocco.

"He is an exceptional player and we will try everything to make him less exceptional".

The game itself should be straightforward for Uruguay, who won their Group A opener 1-0 against an Egypt team without Mohamed Salah as they face a Saudi Arabia outfit hammered 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the tournament curtain-raiser.

The team doctor was criticised by Federation Internationale de Football Association for the way he handled the injury but Amrabat wants to play against Portugal. "Any game at the World Cup is hard". "We have to make a decision, we will do it after the training".