Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar opened up on what it’s like to attempt at keeping Cristiano Ronaldo and Edin Dzeko quiet during matches.
Both Ronaldo and Dzeko have been amongst Europe’s most prolific frontmen over the years. Nowadays, they both play their club football at Juventus and AS Roma respectively in the Serie A.
Despite both forwards now heading towards their mid-thirties, they have shown no signs whatsoever of slowing down following impressive goal-laden campaigns.
And Skriniar admits keeping Ronaldo and Dzeko at bay is no easy feat as he opened up on his toughest opponents.
“I don’t really know who the strongest is, because they are all different,” the Slovakian told Goal and DAZN.
“Ronaldo, for example, was very fast and would fight for every ball.
“So it’s tough to single one out as the strongest.
“This season, though, maybe Dzeko was the toughest to mark, because he’s strong physically and he was the one that caused us the most trouble.
“Especially in the first half during that second game [a 1-1 draw on April 20]. Then in the second half we managed to close him down.
“Every now and then I also watch videos of the opposition strikers, so I can see where they like to go, see what their strengths and weaknesses are.
“But in the end, I need to concentrate on my own performance.”
Dzeko has managed 14 goals and 11 assists in 38 appearances for Roma this season. While Ronaldo’s registered 28 goals and 13 assists in 42 outings in his debut campaign at Juventus.
Despite his struggles to contain the duo, however, Skriniar has proven himself to be one of the Serie A’s most competent centre-backs.
Although the rumoured Manchester United target didn’t have so easy when he first arrived at Inter in January 2016 from Sampdoria.
When asked if he oversaw such a rapid rise, Skriniar said: “No, definitely not.
“I always wanted to play for a great club like I am today, but especially after those six months where I didn’t play much, it wasn’t easy.
“But I always believed that one day everything can change and in the end that day came.
“I think that I can still get better.”