“He never said anything, because he never wanted to leave. On the contrary. He has always helped us playing or not playing. It’s an example. Our captain. The selection is with him. Our strength is that we are all united. The atmosphere was always normal. No one has ever seen an argument or anything like that”, assured the Porto midfielder, who pointed out that “it is normal” for a player to be “angry when he does not play, but it is not only Christianbut all.”
“Everything he does, or doesn’t do, is news. We are all united,” he proclaimed. otavio, which coincided with the message that Cristiano Ronaldo has put on ‘twitter’ about unity in the face of “external forces”: “He is absolutely right. The group is united. And he won’t be hindered by that news from outside. We know everything that is happening, inside and outside, but we are focused on one thing, playing with Portugal and win”.
“Christian He always showed support for the team, inside and outside. The pictures only show the negative and not the positive. He is an example, he is our captain and in that same match (against Switzerland, when he was a substitute) He was one of those who supported the team the most, even after knowing that he was not going to play. We are united“, the player abounded.
“Cristiano Ronaldo He is an exemplary player, one of the best in the world and in history, but we know the quality of all of them. Goncalo Ramos he went in and did well. We are 24 (Nuno Mendes and Danilo Pereira have left concentration due to injury to continue their recovery with Paris Saint Germain, their club). Everyone is ready to play, ”continued Otavio, who is already“ one hundred percent ”with the“ muscular problem ”that he suffered on the first day against Ghana and that kept him away from the group stage clashes against Uruguay and South Korea, before their comeback in the 6-1 defeat of Switzerland.
The player does not care who the rival is in the case of reaching the final, when he was asked about a hypothetical duel for the title against Brazil, but only thinks about “winning”, although there is still a long way to go to reach that stage of the competition.
First, in the quarterfinals, Morocco awaits, “a very difficult team”, which “has not lost any game” and which is “very strong” both in defense and “in the transition in attack”.
He also talked about his partner Pepe, holder with Portugal and in a World Cup at 39 years old. “It’s a secret. It all comes from his work. I’ve been working with him for a few years now (he also plays alongside him at Porto, apart from the national team) and I know what he works to be at this level. It is very difficult to do what he does at his age, ”he explained.
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