Mauricio Pochettino hopes his team can keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet in Wednesday’s Champions League clash, but the manager knows stopping “the best” won’t be easy
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is a “phenomenon” and an “example” to anyone due to his immense levels of professionalism, according to Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino, GOAL reports.
Real Madrid will face Tottenham at Wembley, where Zidane’s side is hoping to perform at a higher level than they have in Spain, where the two team’s first meeting ended 1-1.
Ronaldo will return to England where he spent six unbelievably successful years as a Red Devil, becoming a vital part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.
The Portuguese superstar was the one scoring Real’s goal in their first game and he probably intends to do the same again.
Since leaving United, Ronaldo has continued to excel in Madrid and won The Best FIFA Men’s Player for a second year running recently, GOAL continues.
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino praised his talent and professionalism saying Ronaldo deserved FIFA’s award.
“He’s a phenomenon. He has been awarded ‘The Best’ and the truth is that he deserves it.” – the manager told MARCA.
Pochettino believes every player should have the same mentality and work-ethic as the Real striker does.
“In addition to his qualities as a professional, he is an example. He never tires of repeating that the secret is to work hard, to strive, to take care of himself. Every player should apply it.”
The Spurs boss even compared his striker Harry Kane to Ronaldo in terms of his attitude: “I do not know Cristiano in depth, but he gives me the same feeling as Harry.”
He said Kane has a very similar attitude, always striving for success and making him a true professional.
“They are very similar in terms of professionalism. They understand that we must strive to achieve success. He [Kane] has a similar mentality.”