Drawing all of their group games and arriving into the last 16 as one of best third place seat didn’t seem to diminish Portugal’s confidence ahead of their match against Croatia.
Preparing for that knock out stages battle, Selecao’s head coach, Fernando Santos stated that his team are capable of defeating Ante Cacic’s men.
Although admitting that Croatia are a strong side that have many quality players, Santos said that Portugal also have top stars, that’s why the tactician is expecting an exciting match between them.
Moreover, Santos also expecting a different type of games compared to what his team experienced during group stages as Croatia have many attacking qualities.
Having a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo surely help Portugal’s confidence, especially if the Real Madrid star has really return to his best following the two goals he scored in their latest group game.
Probable Portugal line up against Croatia:
Rui Patricio(gk); Vieirinha, Carvalho, Pepe, Guerreiro(def); William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes, Joao Mario(mid); Nani, Ronaldo(att)