Corinthians'coach expects Ronaldo to function against Flamengo

08:53, April 28, 2010      

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Just one day away from the inter-state showdown between Flamengo and Corinthians in the second phase of the Libertadores Cup, the head coach of Corinthians Mano Menezes announced on Tuesday that Ronaldo will be the x-factor of the series.

Menezes believes that Ronaldo will rise to the occasion and lead his team to victory, advancing to the quarterfinals of the continental tournament.

"It is fundamental for our team that Ronaldo return to be the same Ronaldo of before, striving to meet all the expectations that everyone places on his shoulders. I had the opportunity to tell this to him personally, proving to him that we are counting on him in such an important time," said Menezes.

Ronaldo is currently on a strict diet and under the close observation of the Corinthians staff. The objective is to better the athlete's physical condition.

In 2010, Ronaldo has played in only 14 games and scored a mere five goals. On April 28, Corinthians will enter the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro to play the first leg of the series against Flamengo in the round of 16 in the Libertadores Cup.

Ronaldo will look to hush his critics as well as mark his return to the offense of Corinthians in their search for the Libertadores Cup title.



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