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Ronaldo on Real Madrid’s decision to sell Hakimi and Conte's coaching

Sat 16 January 2021 | 12:59

The Brazilian legend believes the Whites were “wrong to sell” the player, who currently plays for Inter.

Former

Inter

and

Milan

striker,

Ronaldo

, defended Inter’s boss, Antonio Conte, while also admitting to

Real Madrid

’s wrong decision to sell

Achraf Hakimi

.

Following the recent criticisms received by

Conte

, Ronaldo told

La Gazzetta dello Sport

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“I've never criticized him, but someone else does it, judging by some messages I receive from time to time. I know people don’t always like hi substitutions, but sometimes there are needs that people don’t see from outside. It is the destiny of coaches, the same is happening with [Andrea] Pirlo, people said he didn’t have experience."

“I watched him closely, on the pitch. Pirlo has a superior intelligence, he will never play simple football and the team must follow him. He will need time, but if Juventus gave him the job, they will wait for him, things don’t change from one day to another.”

The Brazilian later talked about Inter’s upcoming clash with

Juventus

, adding:

“It won’t be a decisive match for the Scudetto race."

“A win would be good for self-esteem and don’t rule Milan out of the title race.”

“They are surprising me, they play an offensive football, with quality.”

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic has always said he considers me an idol, he is unique, even if I hadn’t had injuries, I would have never played until 40.”

When asked about whether

Cristiano Ronaldo

would continue playing until his forties, he responded:

“I don’t know, for sure he will try. He is different from the player I saw at Real Madrid, he knows how to manage himself now. Did you see him against Sassuolo? Even if he stays in the shadows for the whole game, he can hurt in the space of one minute.”

Talking about the similarities between

Romelu Lukaku

and CR7, he said:

“They are very different, but there is one thing they have in common. When you have such strong players, it’s difficult not to depend on them.”

Concluding on Inter’s chances of winning the

Serie A

title, Ronaldo stated:

“They have a great coach and a team with a precise identity. In addition to that they don’t play European competitions. That’s never a good thing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Inter earn more points than their opponents in March, when European competitions will resume.”

“They signed an extraordinry player in [Achraf] Hakimi. It was a mistake for Real Madrid to let him go, sometimes I think: ‘Ronnie, imagine you and him. We would go at a decent speed…”


source: SportMob