Date:Thursday January 25 2007
Harry Redknapp has told the local paper The News, his master plan to stop Manchester United`s Cristiano Ronaldo. No it`s not to take him out in the first minute… Pompey will double up preventing Ronaldo from being one on one.
'If you left Ronaldo one-on-one with the best right-back in the world, he would beat him. I don't care who it is. He was walking past Emmanuel Eboue against Arsenal. I've never seen anyone do that to Eboue before.
'It's very difficult to stop him. You've got to get tight with him and stop him getting the ball, really, which is not easy. Our full-backs will need all the help they can get. You can't get isolated one-for-one with Ronaldo. You need to shut down the sides.
'I want to fill up both sides of the pitch. Lauren has got an engine and knows how to defend, so he can help double up with Glen Johnson on the right. The left side is a problem, with Djimi Traore cup-tied. It's a difficult one. You need someone in front of the left-back to help out.
'We've got a few options - David Thompson could come in. But we'll have a look at it. Hopefully, Noe Pamarot will be fit.'
Harry Redknapp rates Ronaldo as one of if not the best in player in the Premiership.
'If I were putting together a list of the best players in the Premiership, Ronaldo would be in the top five, for sure. He's an amazing player who's got everything. He's 6ft 1in and great in the air.
'He's got terrific power with his shot. He's got unbelievably quick feet and the ability to beat people. He's got pace. He's a top player. I used to keep hearing idiots calling him a show pony. What absolute nonsense. I just looked at him and thought what a talent this kid was.
'When he first came to England people seemed to want to dig him out because he's got ability and can do special things. I don't know why. He's done well against us the past couple of times, to be fair. He gave us big problems when they beat us 3-1 at Fratton Park last season.
"I played Matty Taylor left-back with Andres D'Alessandro in front of him, but we got badly overun. So I brought Andy Griffin on at half-time to play at left-back and moved Matt Taylor in front of him - and we did much better. We looked more solid.'
So now we`ve stopped Ronaldo what we going to do with Wayne Rooney?!? On the right is a poll regarding the score line Saturday, vote and have your say bellow.
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