Fernando Santos has deserted a idea that Portugal are undeserved European champions due to their miss of wins inside 90 mins during Euro 2016.
Santos’ side drew all 3 of their round-robin games opposite Iceland, Austria and Hungary before defeating Croatia in extra-time in a turn of 16 and besting Poland around a quarter-final chastisement shootout.
Goals from Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Wales were dispatched 2-0 in Lyon before a goalless final opposite hosts France went into an additional period, where surrogate Eder was a doubtful hero.
Game-by-game Portugal are already faring improved than that during a Confederations Cup, where a 1-0 win over Russia in Moscow changed them on to 4 points from dual games in Group A.
Speaking forward of a compare opposite New Zealand in St Petersburg, Santos chuckled his approach yet a doubt from a Brazilian publisher seeking either his organisation were now better to watch before delivering a curse riposte.
“Portugal always played good differently we wouldn’t be European champions. we know your questions.
“I see that Portugal usually won one diversion in a 90 mins in a European Championship though that’s not true, nobody can be European champions if we do not win 4 games.
“The initial 3 in a organisation stage, maybe not, though from then, if we don’t win, we remove and we go out.
“So, Portugal won 4 games, don’t forget that. we consider your interpretation doesn’t make any sense.
“Games have a probability of 120 minutes, that’s opposite from a 90-minute game. We are articulate about opposite things.
“It’s good to demeanour during a fact that we won 4 games. we know your indicate of view.
“Portugal were so good prepared that we played 3 additional time durations and always won.”
Portugal are difficult favourites to make it back-to-back victories on Saturday and swell as organisation winners though Santos was tender by a efforts of contest outsiders New Zealand in their battling 2-1 detriment to Mexico.
“New Zealand is always a organisation who plays tough and fights hard, has good peculiarity players who play in a UK. They have an gifted coach,” a 62-year-old added.
“On a representation they uncover that strength and some peculiarity on a renew and in a transitions.
“They difficult life for Mexico and a outcome could have been opposite for Mexico since of a peculiarity of a New Zealand team.
“We have to be on a toes to face New Zealand since they have shown they can emanate surprises. we wish we’re not going to be astounded though we have to be really observant opposite a New Zealanders.”