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Gunner: No issues with Ronaldo’s game

Rosicky lauds Cristiano's attacking abilities

By | 21st June 2012

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky does not see any major drawbacks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s playing style and insists that any questions over the Portugal star’s defensive work are dismissed by his incredible attacking prowess.

After Ronaldo’s brace against the Netherlands on Sunday sent Portugal to the quarterfinals from a tough Group B, debate over his stature as a top footballer has been rampant.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell called him the 12th best player in the world behind the Barca starting XI while Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles responded by describing Ronaldo as the very best.

Meireles also made it clear that Portugal are a well-rounded team that offer plenty of support to Ronaldo and Rosicky does not see any issues with that.

When asked if he thinks Ronaldo needs defensive help to create wins for his teammates, Rosicky – who was unable to start tonight’s quarterfinal against Portugal due to recurring injury concerns – asserted that the Real Madrid forward’s brilliant attacking abilities justify the way he plays his football.

“He’s good in attack but doesn’t want to defend but if someone is on such a high level then he can afford not to help the defence and just score goals,” Rosicky was quoted by NY Daily News.

Rosicky also made it clear that despite the presence of Ronaldo in the opposition, Group A winners Czech Republic cannot be considered the underdogs in their on-going quarterfinal match against Portugal.

“How do you decide who are the big teams? All the teams here are strong. There’s no doubt but as I’ve said before, even against Poland we knew that we weren’t the favourites but we feel we have a chance to go through even against Portugal,” the 31-year old concluded.

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