Cristiano Ronaldo News

Monday, December 11, 2006

“We dropped two points, but we are in front”

Cristiano Ronaldo was only stopped by a foul, and had to be substituted

He left five minutes before the end of the match, after a hard tackle by Ashley Cole that forced him to prematurely finish his participation in the game against Chelsea. The Portuguese player – who in the last quarter of the game was only stopped by a foul – has an injured left foot that still has to be looked at, but it is thought that he will be available for the game next Wednesday against Everton. That at least is the player’s conviction. “I didn’t feel that I could go on, so I made a sign to get taken off, but I don’t think it is anything special and I will be fine by Wednesday “, he promised Gestifute Media.
By the time he was substituted, the result was settled. Although it had been another excellent exhibition by the Portuguese phenomenon, he only regretted the fact Manchester hadn’t “taken the opportunity” to increase the distance between them and their old rival. “Although we knew it would be difficult, this was a good opportunity for us to increase the distance to six points. It wasn’t possible, but we didn’t lose, which was very important, because we kept our three-point advantage, which is also good”.
That is why the Portuguese international who Gestifute represent considers that Manchester United “has a great chance to get the title”. “We are on the right track”, he assures. “We have a good advantage, and I hope that this will be Manchester’s year, and I believe that we can win the title”.
After analysing the events of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t have any doubts: “I think that we ended up by dropping two points, considering the performance that we gave and the opportunities that we created”, he defended. “We played better, so I think this was a draw with a bitter taste”, he commented.
In terms of his own performance, Cristiano Ronaldo was satisfied. “I had a good game, so did the whole team, which was really good. The balance is positive, because most of our team are playing at a very high level”.
The praise extended to his opponent, in this case Ricardo Carvalho. His international team mate “is always good to come up against” and “he played really well”, because “he scored the goal that settled the result”.


Alex Ferguson had counted on a victory. “It was a great chance for us, but we couldn’t take it, because they had a bit of luck; these things happen”, stated the Manchester coach, who also thought that the header by Ricardo Carvalho “would have been saved by Van der Sar”. “The ball hit Saha’s head, and if it hadn’t Van der Sar would have saved it. These are the things that happen in football”, he added.
In spite of everything, Ferguson said he was “satisfied with the performance and with the effort” of his players, and finished by saying that “we deserve to be in first place in Premiership”. “Some of the football we played today was fantastic, we could have scored more goals, but at the end of the day it was an excellent performance, in a fantastic atmosphere. I thought that we were the better team and we had more chances”.

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