Portugal had to make do without Cristiano Ronaldo last night, and Diogo Jota felt under no added pressure to fill his captain’s void.
Probably the most high-profile COVID-19 case in all of the sporting world was registered on Tuesday when it was brought to attention that Cristiano Ronaldo had been infected by the virus.
The Juventus man, though not showing any symptoms of the disease, immediately took to self-isolation. At least 10 days of quarantine is required, and this means he could possibly be forced to miss Juve’s crucial Champions League tie against FC Barcelona.
A face-off against his nemesis Lionel Messi would be the second match CR7 will have to miss as he has already sat out his national team’s most recent game.
Portugal played against Sweden in the Nations League on Wednesday, and the former Real Madrid man did not participate in it.
The abundance of talent, however, allowed Portugal to not feel the absence of their captain too much as they cruised to a 3-0 win.
Diogo Jota, who had involvement in all three goals, was the standout performer in the Group C clash, and he insists he was under no pressure to replace his captain.
“There was no pressure to replace Ronaldo. We are professionals and, if the boss chooses eleven players to enter the field, these are the ones who have to work,” Jota told, via Goal.
“It was an excellent night, and one of my best performances for my country. We had a great result against a Sweden side that is not easy to play against, so we can be proud.
“The coach chooses the eleven for each game. I did my best on the field.”