Portuguese defender Pepe sought to manage expectations for the team's performance in its upcoming match against Morocco, during a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday. When asked about his team being the favourite in the upcoming match, Pepe responded, saying «look, the matter of being the favourite, of being the European champion, was already two years ago. This already happened some time ago... Еще. I think the most important thing for us now is to stay focused.» Portugal team manager Fernando Santos was more upbeat, saying that «has the capabilities to do better than a country like Spain.» Portugal will face Morocco at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Wednesday. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018.