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Portuguese coach considers the match against Belgium as “an excellent test”

Portugal is preparing currently, in their own country for the friendly on Saturday evening (20h45) in the Brussels King baudouin stadium against Belgium. The Portuguese pockets only at the last moment to Belgium, and so gave coach Fernando Santos press conference Friday afternoon in the own training centre. In Belgium, the Portuguese are no media activities are planned. “The game against Belgium is an excellent test for us,” said the 63-year-old coach.

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The Portuguese are just as Belgium has three friendly matches in the run-up to the world cup, where they are in group B record against the neighbours from Spain and Morocco, and Iran. Monday they came in Braga does not go beyond a 2-2 draw against Tunisia, the opponent of the Red Devils in group G, on June 7, follows their uitwuifwedstrijd against Algeria in Lisbon. As for Belgium, it is the contest of Saturday, so also for the Portuguese the most important measure of value in their world cup run-up. The Red Devils exercise afterwards against Egypt and Costa Rica, before and on June 13 for Russia to travel.

“We have never been afraid of our opponent, but respect. We know our opponent very well: they have a lot of qualities in their selection. It is, therefore, a different match than against Tunisia. We will have a solid performance to drop and in the back, less to give away. All my players know that, I’m confident. We are building on a strategy that our European champion has made, let us not forget”, concluded Santos.

(belga)

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