The Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari last night hinted that he had advised Cristiano Ronaldo to move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
The Brazilian, who could be pitting his wits against Manchester United next season in the Premier League as the new manager of Chelsea or Manchester City, was asked about the player's situation at Portugal's Euro 2008 training camp in Viseu.
"I have told him that in football you cannot live on memories," he said. "You have to take the opportunites when they come along because perhaps they will not come again."
Scolari said the recent speculation about his future had not affected Ronaldo's preparations for Euro 2008. He added: "He is quite calm about his future. He is working very hard like just another member of the squad."
Scolari is eager to prove that Portugal are not a one-man show. "One player can't carry 20 others on his back, but 20 can carry one," he said. "We want 20 helping one, not one helping 20."
Spain will try out two different attacking formations in today's warm-up match against Peru as they try to settle on a first-choice side for the tournament.
"We are going to try out two systems, one in each half," the coach Luis Aragones said yesterday. The Valencia striker David Villa is expected to start up front alongside Fernando Torres in the first half in a 4-4-2 formation, but Aragones is expected to play a lone front man in the second as he reverts to his favoured 4-1-4-1 line-up.Reuse content