Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo is a perfect mix of striker and winger.Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is unsure whether Cristiano Ronaldo can be regarded as a striker or a winger, believing him to be a unique blend of both styles.
The Portuguese spoke in an interview with Sky Sports’ 'Revista de la Liga' show, in which he discussed the impact of CR7 on his tactics, as well as the daunting prospect of overcoming Barcelona, both domestically and in Europe.
Speaking firstly of his Portuguese attacker, the former Chelsea and Inter tactician remarked: “We try to find a position that is most comfortable for Cristiano, and there is always the debate. Is he a forward? I do not think that he is. I think he is one-on-one against a rival.
“Is he a winger? No, because he is also a goalscorer and when you are a winger, how many goals do you score in a season, half a dozen? I think that he is the mixture of two things. He is in great shape and is more mature. He has everything.”
He also discussed the response of his players from the 5-0 humiliation suffered at the hands of rivals Barcelona, and admitted that although it was difficult to overcome, his players have recovered from the ordeal.
He continued: “Everyone was deflated, I remember the next meeting at home to Valencia, I would not say that people were afraid, but they were not comfortable. It is quite normal after a defeat like that, but the team recovered well.
“We need to keep winning games like we are doing right now. This season we have a young group, the youngest in the history of Real Madrid, and I believe that we are doing well, although we need to win something.”
Finally, when asked if he will see out his four-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, he remained non-committal, concluding: “I do not know. I love Chelsea, and when I was in London I was the happiest man. I thought I would be there all my life, and a few months later I was out. So you never know. If everything goes in the right direction, I will stay.”
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