Title holder with Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo believes that his team are among the “candidates to win the trophy” but does not promise anything to his supporters. La Seleçao will face France in particular in the group stage.
Portugal, by virtue of its title-holder status, is one of the favorites for the Euro, even if its headliner wants to be cautious. “There is no point and there is no point in promising titles or making predictions. What I can promise is that we will tackle all matches to win them,” said Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview with magazine of the Portuguese Football Federation.
“As motivated or more than in 2004”
Before flying to Hungary where Portugal has established its base camp, the five-time Golden Ball still confided that he remains more than an outsider. “I feel as motivated or more than in 2004, for my first European Championship, he explains. We are reigning champions and we are again part of the group of candidates to win the trophy.”
“We need to fine-tune a few small things but the work (of preparation, Editor’s note) is done, adds Ronaldo in a video also released by his federation. Now it’s up to the ball to roll so that Portugal can do its best and start on the right foot, beating Hungary “.
Hungary before Germany and France
As a reminder, the Portuguese selection will start its Euro against Hungary on Tuesday before taking off to Munich where the European champions will meet Germany (June 19) then return to Budapest to challenge the Blues for a remake of the final 2016.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates took the direction of Hungary on Thursday after a last training session in the suburbs of Lisbon the day after a convincing victory against Israel (4-0). Last Friday, the Seleçao had already faced one of the title candidates, Spain, for a goalless draw (0-0).