EURO 2020

'We Need to Try to Limit His Influence' - France Coach Didier Deschamps Wary of Cristiano Ronaldo

Ali Shibil Roshan
Didier Deschamps
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France coach Didier Deschamps said his side need to try to limit Cristiano Ronaldo's influence when they face Portugal in their final group stage game in the Euro 2020.

Ronaldo has been impressive for Portugal, having scored two goals and assisted another so far in this tournament.

Portugal's place in the round-of-16 is far from secured, and Ronaldo will be aiming to deliver another impressive performance and help his side to victory over France, who have already booked their place in the next stage of the competition.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference ahead of their clash with Portugal, Deschamps admitted France are wary of Ronaldo, whose influence he said they have to try to limit. He said: "We know that this Portuguese team relies heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo's goals. He was decisive in the first two games and we need to try to limit his influence."

Deschamps also said the fact that France have qualified for round-of-16 gives them 'a bit of peace of mind' heading into the game against Portugal. "We're guaranteed to qualify and that gives us a bit of peace. From experience I’m not getting caught up in the maths, you have to respect the game," he said.

"We're going into it with the aim of getting the best result possible because it could also have repercussions for the other teams waiting on our result."