Ronaldo can't beat Uruguay on his own, warns Portugal coach

30 June, 2018, 16:47 | Author: Judy Cobb
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The South American side have looked compact and defensively strong in their group games and came away with three victories from Group A. More importantly, their last performance a 3-0 win against hosts Russian Federation highlighted their attacking intent and underlined their potential as dark horses in the tournament. It has been like that for the whole of 2018.

Raphael Guerreiro and Gelson Martins are in contention to play in the next match after returning to full training while William Carvalho is a doubt after missing one training session.

Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, who scored their first goal of the tournament, should also be ready to return after sitting out their final group game with Russian Federation.

Portugal pulled off a World Cup classic in their opener against Spain and dispatched an inspired Morocco thanks to their skipper, but were then shaken up by Iranian resilience, all the while embroiled in controversial decisions from the VAR.

"I believe Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world", Tabarez said.

Lionel Messi's longtime rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has not been shy about embracing what could be his final World Cup, scoring four goals and carrying his team to victories in its first two matches.

Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain. We are going to have to work collectively, but we don't lose sleep over this.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos knew the question about Portugal's dependence on Ronaldo was coming, and said he even won a coffee because of it after making a bet with the team's press officer ahead of Friday's news conference. This a World Cup. Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.

If he plays, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (37) will equal Bastian Schweinsteiger (38) as the player with the most appearances at World Cups and European Championships. We've made it to the World Cup and in the last three matches we have shown what we can achieve. "Godin has always had a very defined personality, he shows solidarity and that has made him stand out the group and it has rubbed off on them too", he said a year ago. They are very good at the back, have a couple of excellent forwards and they go from there.

"I think we are closer than ever to it". I think this will be the case in this game. I've told them they need to be calm.

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