Mou: Portugal mishandled Ronaldo

ByKevin Palmer ESPN logo
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jose Mourinho has questioned why Portugal gave permission for their latest training session to be broadcast live on television, allowing the world to see Cristiano Ronaldo limping out with an ice pack on his knee.

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Mourinho rarely allows cameras to film his players in training at Chelsea, so he was more than a little bemused to witness the preparations of his countrymen ahead of their potentially decisive World Cup clash.

"I really don't understand why Portugal had a training session in front of 10,000 people," said Mourinho in his latest Eurosport blog.

"In my office I was watching the training session live, which is something I don't understand. And because of that, everybody could see around the world that Ronaldo was having ice on his knee. I don't understand."

Mourinho is convinced Ronaldo will be fit to play in Portugal's crucial World Cup clash with the United States on Sunday.

"He says he has no problems. The reports in the press... some doctor has denied already making any comments," added Mourinho. "The doctor we have to listen to is the doctor of the Portuguese national team who says that Ronaldo is in great condition.

"The fact that today people are commenting that after the training session he was leaving the session with some ice on his knee -- I think that this is more than natural because you always have a little knock here, a little knock there and it is normal that after the recovering session you have some.

"He played for 90 minutes [against Germany] so absolutely no problem and the doctor from the Portuguese national team is saying that he is in perfect condition and I really believe he is."

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