After stand out in a match against Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson was in love with a young Portuguese Sporting Lisbon. That player was nothing more and nothing less than Cristiano Ronaldo, who was later to become one of the best of the history.
The technical director was dazzled by your skill and speed, but I knew that I had to correct an issue as soon as possible to transform it into an elite athlete. The strategist scot noticed that his innate talent may make you win matches, but his selfishness to pass the ball was his main rival.
With the help of his assistant Walter Smith drew up in 2003 a violent method to try to instill the Portuguese the importance of play in a team. This experiment consisted in not beeping any lack that they did to CR7.
“In his early years he spent a difficult time in the locker room. There were times that it retained the ball a lot and didn’t take good decisions with him on the feet. We had to say some truths to face, but accepted it well. He has a great personality”, he explained Darren Fletcherformer team-mate of the Portuguese in the United, in dialogue with The Lockdown Tactics.
During the chat, the former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City unveiled what it is the ‘method of Smith’. “When he arrived, he decided that not pitaría faults in the training. I knew it was because of Ronaldo. The guys flying the one by the other and Christian had bruises from the kicking they gave him. Before we did not do mistakes soft but you whistled. Christian did the dribble, took you out of the lack, laughed and grabbed the ball. So, Walter decided not to whistle fouls on the train. Ronaldo for two weeks, went crazy. Said ‘Who is this scotsman? What is this?’”, he recalled.
Although at the beginning did not agree with the measures used, with the time Cristiano Ronaldo understood what I was looking for Ferguson in him. “Basically, the guys you beat where out in the United but did you know that you are not going to “buzz” is missing. Sincerely, it is impressive how fast that Christian began to touch her and run because she knew that there were going to whistle is missing and that it didn’t make sense to stay with the ball. So, he began to get more goals and get more positions to score. In the second part of the season, when it came to Walter Smith, Christian took a big step forward. I remember him very angry, accepting fast what I had and starting to play one or two touches, playing and running around more without the ball. So got more goals,” said Fletcher.
Now the striker of Juventus of Italy, his passage by the Red Devils, won 3 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 2 league Cup, 2 Super cup of England, 1 Champions League and 1 Club World. He won 1 of his Balls of gold.
To culminate, he said: “Smith got that something did ‘click’ in the head of a Christian and think ‘Haggling is fine, but this coach has made me see that if I move the ball fast and I run, with my physique I will be more effective’. A great management. Walter Smith was always at the side of Sir Alex. He was a great coach and an amazing guy. It had a great impact when he arrived at United. All the guys are still talking wonders of him. A man and a coach is fantastic.”