Henry: Euro final could be ‘ugly’

Former France forward Thierry Henry has warned that Portugal's style of play could turn the Euro 2016 final into an unattractive affair.

Despite their progression to the final of the European Championship, the Selecao have not been playing particularly watchable football.

This, however, does not mean Les Bleus will have an easy route to lifting the trophy, says Henry, adding that keeping Cristiano Ronaldo under control for 90 minutes will not be possible.

"Portugal can make the game ugly – they know how to play like that," the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winner told BBC Sport.

"Wales did a good job against Ronaldo. He was nowhere to be seen – and then 1-0. It looked like he was getting annoyed, but how do you stop that?

"You know in the game he will have chances. Sometimes you have players who need to grow into the game, get the rhythm. Ronaldo can be anonymous, lose a lot of balls, but he still knows that he can score. He stays focused.

"I played with striker David Trezeguet, who was outstanding at that. He might not touch the ball all game but he could score a goal.

"When we are at home and we want to do something together, with all the diversity we have we are hard to beat. There is definitely something happening. Now for the last hurdle: Ronaldo and Portugal.

"We won the Euros in 1984 and 16 years later in 2000. Now it is 16 years later from then. We have a habit of winning tournaments at home. There is something about our culture."

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