In the absence of their captain and all-time leading goalscorer, Portugal somehow did light work of their Swedish opponent last night. Striker Diogo Jota scored twice and assisted another in their 3-0 victory over Sweden. The forward reveals there is no pressure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo on his side after the standout performance of the night.
On Tuesday, it was brought to books that Cristiano Ronaldo had been infected by the coronavirus, which probably has come as a shock to the whole world. The Portugal captain, though not showing any symptoms of the disease, quickly took to self-isolation. According to rules in Italy, Ronaldo needs to quarantine at least 10 days, which means the superstar could be forced to miss Juventus’ crucial Champions League fixture against Barcelona.
The crunch tie against his arch-rival Lionel Messi would likely be one of the games Cristiano Ronaldo will be missing along this period after being left out of the squad in Portugal’s Nations League clash against Sweden. Portugal went on to record a comfortable 3-0 win over their Swedish opponent on Wednesday without their nation’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Although no team in the world could say they won’t miss the absence of someone with 101 international goals for his country, Portugal had to feel less of his absence because of their wealth of talents as they beat Sweden 3-0.
Diogo Jota Says There Is No Pressure To Replace Cristiano Ronaldo
After involving in all the three goals, scoring two and assisting the other, Diogo Jota was easy to be selected as the standout player in the Group C clash. However, the Liverpool forward has insisted there is no pressure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, as there are eleven players in the pitch to share those responsibilities.
“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 said, 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,” added the forward.
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