New Zealand are not Scared of Ronaldo & Portugal
New Zealand are not scared of Ronaldo and Portugal, claims Hudson
Bullish New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson insists his side will not be overawed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Saturday as the All Whites attempt to end an encouraging Confederations Cup showing on a high.
Consecutive defeats mean New Zealand have already been eliminated but Hudson’s side have earned plenty of plaudits for the way they have pushed both Russia and Mexico in their two Group A matches.
He said: “We’re not looking up to the opposition, we could be playing whoever. We know Portugal are world class and they pose different problems to Mexico, but we are going to come to this game with the same mentality.
Hudson was asked how the All Whites will attempt to stop Cristiano Ronaldo, although reports suggest the four time Ballon d’Or winner may be rested by Fernando Santos.
The 36-year-old replied: “For me Ronaldo is the best player in the world but if you take him out you still have world class players in there.
“We’ve seen everything tried [to stop Ronaldo] but it’s not as though if you deal with Ronaldo that’s it. They still have Nani, Ricardo Quaresma in the team.”