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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Brace | Portugal 3-0 Switzerland

Looking to claim their first wins of the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League at the second attempt, Portugal and Switzerland will be facing each other in League A Group 2 clash. While Fernando Santos’s side was late to rescue a 1-1 draw against Spain on matchday one, the visitors had fallen to a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.

As for recent form, Portugal is on a three-game unbeaten run and lost just one of their last ten games. However, Switzerland, on the other hand, has failed to win any of their previous three games. With Portugal coach Fernando Santos having benched five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the side’s previous game against Spain, the most obvious question that arises is whether the 37-year-old will start against Switzerland.

As for the last game, Santos explained that his decision to bench the Manchester United forward was a tactical one and that he is going to make several changes over the three-game weeks of the UEFA Nations League. After a hard-fought 1-1 draw vs Spain, Portugal are all set to take on Switzerland in their second group stage game of the UEFA Nations League at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon. The game will begin live at 12:15 AM IST on June 6.

With Portugal drawn into a difficult group alongside the Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland, they will need all the points they can to qualify for the knockout stages. With that in mind, they also need most of their best players on the pitch in all those clashes. Hence, here is a look at whether Cristiano Ronaldo is playing for the Seleção against Switzerland.

While Santos defended his decision to bench Ronaldo, he made it clear that the Portuguese captain’s qualities were evident without a doubt. “Cristiano can do many other things and that is why he is the best player in the world,” explained Santos. “But this was my choice this time. I am going to rotate the players a lot during the next three games. And they all need to be ready, as expected of them,” he added.

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