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Santos: Portugal much more than just Ronaldo

  • Published at 10:25 am June 30th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:29 am June 30th, 2018
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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during training in Moscow Thursday Reuters

Portugal coach Fernando Santos once again stressed the importance of his other 22 players around main man Cristiano Ronaldo as they prepare to face Uruguay in the World Cup last 16 Saturday.

When the inevitable question about Portugal's record goal-scorer Ronaldo came, the 63-year-old's face broke into a grin.

"I just got another free coffee, because I bet on this question! I get the coffee. Thank you for the question," he told a news conference.

"Everybody knows that any team in the world depends on its players, and of course we have one of the best in the world, but you can ask the Uruguay coach the same question about [Luis] Suarez, [Edinson] Cavani - you have great players in every team," Santos added.

"It's the team that has to play, if Ronaldo plays alone we're going to lose. We have to be strong as a team, just as Uruguay are strong as a team."

Much like his own side, Santos believes Uruguay's strength lies in the collective, as well as the canny coaching of Oscar Tabarez.

"The greatest virtue of the Uruguay team is that they are Uruguay. You have a coach who has been working with them for 12 years, very experienced, very high-quality," he said, adding that they have yet to concede a goal in 2018.

Santos played down suggestion that fans might be in for a boring game as two teams with water-tight defences face off.

"I think it's going to be a great match, two teams that are going to try and win, each using their weapons. I hope it's going to be a great clash," he said.

"[Saturday] is very different from the group stage, where the points matter - [Saturday], either you win or lose."

Portugal opened their World Cup campaign in Sochi with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain, and midfielder Adrien Silva said his team have what it takes to score against a Uruguay rearguard that has not been breached this year.

"I think that shows their organisation, but I hope we're going to be the ones to break that," he said.

"I think we have quality, individually and especially collectively, and we know that we're going to face a team that are very strong. We have assessed their weaknesses and their strengths, and we have prepared," Silver added.

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