It is clear that Nuno Espirito Santo cannot understand the criticism that Cristiano Ronaldo is receiving at the moment.
The Tottenham coach faces his former Portugal teammate when he visits Manchester United N17 to face the English Premier League tomorrow evening.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ron, who returned to United from Juventus on an exciting £13m summer transfer window, has been blamed in part for Robbie’s start to the season, despite scoring six goals in nine games in all competitions. .
Critics claim his arrival upset the team’s balance and undermined coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But Nuno said: “Ronaldo is for all of us Portuguese people to be proud of. He has brought us so many moments of immense happiness.
“When you go around the world and people ask you where you are from and you say Portugal, the first thing they say is Ronaldo.
“That’s what it means to all of us, one of the best players in history.”
Nuno has revealed that Rhian Sessegnon will surely miss Tottenham, while Brian Gill is in great doubt following his exit from his midweek Carabao Cup win over Burnley.
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Speaking at his pre-match press conference this afternoon, the Spurs chief said: “Let’s see. Bryan we have a problem with him, he’s out in the game. We’re set up. Sessegnon is not involved, and he’s still not in the group.
“We still have the training session this afternoon and then we’ll see who starts.”
Asked if Dele Alli and Harry Wink would participate after not sitting on the bench at Turf Moor, Nuno said: “We are working with all the players. We are still having a training session and then we will determine the lineup for the match.”
Nuno declined to discuss the couple’s future and whether they could leave Tottenham in January.
He said: “They are our players, they are here with us. There is nothing to worry about.
“It’s a situation where we have to work, we have to improve all the players, and build momentum on the players’ performance.
“That’s what the team is all about. Making decisions, taking advantage of the moment, talent, what we want for the game. All the players we count.”
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