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Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:49

Queiroz: “We have just one thought: to stay in this tournament”

Portugal coach predicts great spectacle ahead of Iberian showdown

Carlos QueirozCarlos Queiroz has given an upbeat pre-match press conference ahead of the Portugal-Spain clash, insisting that he and his players are far from satisfied with what they have achieved so far in the World Cup.
 
The Portugal coach said his team were prepared not only be beat their Iberian neighbours, but to become “the best Portugal team of all time”.
 
“It’s going to be a great game of football, with technique, speed, great creativity, imagination, and superb practitioners. I predict a great spectacle,” began Queiroz.
 

Think fast, act fast

“I’m going to set up the team to win from the first to the last minute. In these games there’s only way to play: going forward. We have to run risks. At the same time we have to be pragmatic, realistic, aware of our virtues and the virtues of our opponent, and like I said, make sure we are always one step ahead of Spain. We have to think faster and execute faster than them.
 
“The players are very well prepared. For my players the idea that we have accomplished our mission does not exist. We think exactly the opposite. We are not at all satisfied with what we have done up to now.
 
“We have a great game to play against one of the three top favourites to win the World Cup. We are going to transform our humility and respect into ambition and aggressiveness without limits, because we have only one thing in mind – to stay in this tournament.
 

Dress rehearsal

“After playing against Brazil, who also have an excellent passing game and almost unsurpassable technique, I think we can say that the game against Brazil was a training match for the game against Spain.
 
“We were in the “group of death” we played against the number one ranked team in the world, and now we’re going to play against the second. We’ll take on anybody! Reputations and statistics don’t win games. We have to try and be the best Portugal of all time.”
 

Yellow peril

Should Portugal make progress, one concern for Queiroz is that seven players are on a yellow card, and will therefore miss the quarter-final should they pick up a second booking tonight. However, the coach insists this aspect will have no influence on the match.
 
“No, I’m not worried at all about that. We have to play with everything we’ve got in all aspects to make the next round. Afterwards, in the next game, we’ll think about any limitations that we may have because of this.”
 
 
Comments (12)
Lets be proud
12 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:55
lets all be calm guys. i'm trying to be as positive as possible but we all know how tough the task is ahead of us. there's every possibility that we could be going home early.

but still, let us all be proud of what we have achieved so far. everyone wrote us off in qualifying. nobody gave us a chance when we were grouped with brazil and cote'dvoire. so even if get eliminated today, we should still be proud what our boys achieved.
Vergilio
11 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:46
I think that Almeida and Miguel will be fresh legs for the final 30 minutes.
team
10 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:37
The Portugal team is in fact:

Eduardo; Ricardo Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Bruno Alves, Fábio Coentrão; Pepe, Raul Meireles, Tiago; Simão, Hugo Almeida e Cristiano Ronaldo.

I'm happy with the team apart from Ricardo Costa, I would of taken either Miguel or Ferreira over him but hopefully he will perform tonight.

I think we can do this, Queiroz is finally showing some PASSION and our team must play with this same passion to win tonight.

FORCA
Lineup
9 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:35
Per Espn Soccernet:

Eduardo
Fabio Coentrao
Bruno Alves
Ricardo Carvalho
Ricardo Costa
Pepe
Raul Meireles
Tiago
Simao
Hugo Almeida
Cristiano Ronaldo

Why in the world is Ricardo Costa playing again??????
Lets be proud
8 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:22
lets all be calm guys. i'm trying to be as positive as possible but we all know how tough the task is ahead of us. there's every possibility that we could be going home early.

but still, let us all be proud of what we have achieved so far. everyone wrote us off in qualifying. nobody gave us a chance when we were grouped with brazil and cote'dvoire. so even if get eliminated today, we should still be proud what our boys achieved.
POR-ESP
7 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:08
if the starting lineup has Ferreira instead of Miguel and Pepe rather than Deco, Portugal is planning on staying back.... sorry folks, but this game may be over after the first half.... slow and smallish Liedson will not win many battles against the likes of Puyol & Pique.... Almeida would've been more useful.... that said, i hope Portugal proves me wrong....
Starters as per Livescore
6 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 15:26
Eduardo
Paulo Ferreira
Bruno Alves
Ricardo Carvalho
Fabio Coentrao
Raul Meireles
Tiago
Pepe
Cristiano Ronaldo
Liedson
Simao

I would have preferred Miguel to Ferreira and Almeida to Liedson.

Forca Portugal !!!!!!!
easy enough if done right
5 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 13:43
Messi: La Liga's top scorer with a hatful of goals. World cup tally: 0. The stars of Spain - Barcelona and Real Madrid players - play 36 out of 38 domestic games a season against teams that would be in the second division if there was enough quality to make a decent top flight. Spain has no defense, and knows no defense. If we keep up the solid back, they won't get through. If we play with the charisma and chemistry we displayed against N. Korea, they won't know what hit them! And if we can get the result against Spain, then Paraguay/ Japan is no problem! Forget the yellow cards, men. The way I see it, we have no starters and reserves; only STARS! A EQUIPA DE TODOS NOS! FORCA PORTUGAL!!!
Defense will be key
4 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 13:16
If we can continue the rock solid back line we will be able to take this match. Forget the yellows at this point, we have the depth to handle a Japan or Paraguay. They should go all out in this winning the match and not hold back due to yellows.

Forca Portugal!!!
Derby
3 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 12:30
For any teams playing a derby is a special event, in World Cup terms this is a derby where anything can happen. I now we can make it, esp. as we beat them in the last competitive match during the Euro.
yellow cards
2 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 12:00
I thought all yellow cards were erased at the quarter final level?
Plus the quarter final would be against the winner of Paraguay and Japan, not as threatening as today's match so if some don't make it we can cover for them and rest them against the bigger match against the winner of Argentina and Germany.
they never met in world cup..
1 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:53
the fact that they never met in world cup,this should be a 'innocent' match for portuguese. dont fear of them. Show what your got there,find many possible goal on this match. Your objective is to stay on this tournament. Win is a must. I hope the defence will be going to be well organised and flexible. Experiences that Simao and Ronaldo had should be the advantages for left and right wings to penetrate sergio ramos and alvaro arbeloa. Hugo Almeida might be win on high for puyol and pique. Pique is the one to focus by the midfield to penetrate the defence.

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