Italy defender, Francesco Acerbi has come out to say he would prefer to face Cristiano Ronaldo instead of Romelu Lukaku in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals. Acerbi recently revealed that he believes that the Portugal captain is simpler to mark than Belgium’s in-form striker.
According to him, Ronaldo and Lukaku are both complete players, but Lukaku has more physique and power to torture defenders during games.
He added that even if Ronaldo is the more classic striker, Lukaku is clearly the more dangerous goal threat.
His words, “Maybe Lukaku, because he’s a complete player, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, who always scores.”
“As a centre-forward, Lukaku is more difficult to mark because he has more physique, he has power and is a bit more of a striker.”
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the classic forward, but he is more easier to mark than Lukaku.”
On the victory vs Austria, “We were bad, but also efficient,”
“Austria closed down and maybe we were a bit tense. Maybe we had to dribble a little more at certain times in the match, but this is a game that is won in a dirty way.”
“When you play an inside-out game, there’s a bit of fear. You are aware of your strengths but also aware of the strengths of the opponent, because Austria have great players. They are strong, physical and capable of putting you in difficulty.”
“We knew it would that from the second phase it would be difficult, especially mentally. Now every game is important. Being a bit tense is normal. Now, we’ll meet either Belgium or Portugal, then if we win it’s France, they are strong teams, which perhaps will make you play better. But they have much more quality.”
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