Lahm wary of Ronaldo's ability to destroy defences

Jun 09, 2012, 08:35 IST | PA Sport

Germany skipper Lahm wary of nimble-footed Portuguese's ability to destroy defences

Germany captain Philipp Lahm (left) insists there will be no special plans for dealing with the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo when they open their Euro 2012 campaign against Portugal tonight.

Graceful: Ronaldo controls the ball with great poise and elegance during a training session

The Real Madrid forward has been picked out as the main danger in Germany’s first group fixture, but Lahm says Germany know how to take care of him and will not be focussing on just one opponent. “Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world,” said the Bayern Munich full-back.

“He has great pace, dribbles at you quickly, and he has a good finish with both legs and his head. He is a complete player and we have got to defend him as a team. You cannot go one on one against Ronaldo. He is a sensational player so it is right to talk about him, but the team is focussing on their whole team and not just Cristiano Ronaldo.”

The Bayern full-back will be relieved of much of the responsibility of dealing with Portugal’s dangerman after confirming he will be playing wide left throughout Euro 2012. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Lars Bender are frontrunners to play at right back. 

A female otter Ferret picks the Germans in eastern Germany while Yvonne, the cow picks Portugal. Pics/AFP

key statistics
>>Germany have won just two of their last five matches (W2, D1, L2), while Portugal have won just one of their last six (W1, D3, L2) heading into Euro 2012.
>> Portugal play Germany for the 17th time, with their head-to head record reading W3, D5, L8.

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