Ronaldo expertise ´essential´ for Portugal, says Martinez after thrashing Luxembourg

Roberto Martinez hailed the expertise of Cristiano Ronaldo because the 38-year-old scored twice in Portugal’s 6-0 thrashing of Luxembourg.

Ronaldo adopted up his brace in opposition to Liechtenstein on Thursday with one other on Sunday on the Stade de Luxembourg as Portugal made it two wins from two to start out their Euro 2024 qualifying marketing campaign.

Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, Otavio and Rafael Leao added the opposite targets, and Martinez was fast to reward Ronaldo for his contributions within the Spaniard’s first video games as head coach.

“Cristiano has unimaginable worldwide expertise, most likely distinctive as he’s the one participant [in the world] with 198 caps,” he stated at a post-match press convention. “His expertise is essential within the dressing room.”

Former Belgium boss Martinez additionally claimed he was happier with one other clear sheet than together with his crew’s attacking show, and reserved reward for 19-year-old centre-back Antonio Silva, who changed Goncalo Inacio from the Liechtenstein win.

“I worth the zero targets in opposition to greater than the six targets, the penalty and the good attacking sport we performed right here in Luxembourg,” he stated. “This sport was not simple. What was essential in each video games was work and consistency.

“It wasn’t simply altering a few of the choices. There are various choices, it was extra a change as a result of bodily calls for. It was essential to see Goncalo Inacio play effectively within the first sport [v Liechtenstein], however for a younger man, three days after a sport, it was additionally essential for him to relaxation.

“It was essential to see Antonio Silva getting into a vital place, getting on the ball and going up in opposition to Luxembourg’s assault.

“It was good to see Antonio Silva along with the expertise of Ruben Dias and Danilo Pereira. And Rui Patricio was additionally superb, so the crew was very robust defensively on this sport.”

Portugal high Group J forward of Slovakia by two factors, with the subsequent spherical of fixtures coming in June when the Selecao host Bosnia-Herzegovina.