Two days after the elimination of Juve against Porto (1-2, 3-2) and the rain of criticism wiped by Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, his team-mate publicly defended him, explaining that ‘you could not blame a defeat on a single player.
“No one wins alone.” Asked by The Gazzetta dello Sport before the meeting between Manchester United and AC Milan (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), Bruno Fernandes spoke of the elimination of Juventus against Porto and the criticisms addressed to CR7. “I understand that his presence at Juve raises huge expectations for the Champions League, but when a team loses, the whole group loses, not a single player.” On his momentum, the Mancunian midfielder took the opportunity to praise his team-mate, believing that he “is one of the greatest players in the history of football” and that “his mentality inspires all those who practice this sport. “
The reproaches of the press
In the aftermath of the elimination of Juve, CR7 has indeed suffered the wrath of all Italian sports dailies. “Betrayed by Ronaldo” headlined for example the Corriere dello Sport, when the Gazzetta dello Sport featured the cliché of the downcast Portuguese man, his hands on his forehead, under the title “Dark Juve”. Criticized for not having scored, Cristiano Ronaldo also received the wrath of the press for having jumped too early on the victorious free kick of Sergio Oliveira, opening a gap that allowed the ball to pass. But Bruno Fernandes denies the sole responsibility of his compatriot: “He has won a lot, but no one wins alone.”