Russia: Portuguese President talks all things World Cup

SOT, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portuguese President, (Spanish): «A very, very difficult game because the Moroccan national team played well, quickly, vigourously. The players were in very good shape, so Portugal had a hard time playing with them. However, Cristiano [Ronaldo] scored. Goalkeeper [Rui] Patricio played well: two saves, helped out in difficult situations. We can say that there are no... Еще simple teams in the World Cup, all are difficult ones. All teams are very good.» SOT, Javier Rodriguez, RT correspondent (Spanish): «Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly one of the best players for Portugal and one of the best in the world.» SOT, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portuguese President, (Spanish): «Without doubt. Cristiano Ronaldo is unique. He is an international prestige for Portugal. He is unique and inimitative for us, Portuguese.» SOT, Aliana Nieves, RT correspondent (Spanish): «Have you been able to speak with players in the national side? What have you told them? What did they say to you?» SOT, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portuguese President, (Spanish): «Yes, I told them that the game against Iran will be even more difficult because they already have three points. They played very well against Spain. They have a very good coach. Therefore, they [the Portuguese team] need to gather strength to win, not to draw. Although a draw is also good. They have to play with power, with great power.» SOT, Javier Rodriguez, RT correspondent (Spanish): «Mr. President, we had a tough game against Iran. I come from Spain, but the support of the fans, also there are many Portuguese fans who have come to the championship, they can also count as another player. Do you have a message for those who have travelled to Russia and are in Moscow to support the national side.» SOT, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portuguese President, (Spanish): «Yes. Even more Portuguese will come to Russia because this is a unique case. Other cool matches will be played. The weather here is very comfortable. This is a great opportunity for tourists and an opportunity for the Portuguese to support their team in Russia.» SOT, Aliana Nieves, RT correspondent (Spanish): «And finally, did you nearly suffer a heart attack today, after the very early goal from Cristiano and some uncertainty during the entirety of the match? What do you expect going forward from the Portuguese team? How far can they go?» SOT, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portuguese President, (Spanish): «It is necessary to be very calm and prudent and beat the Iranians. And later Uruguay, Russia — these teams are very difficult. Games against these teams will be very difficult. We must be very careful in our forecasts. Confident but careful.» SOT, Aliana Nieves, RT correspondent (Spanish): «Given Portugal are European champions, does it create a certain expectation?» SOT, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portuguese President, (Spanish): «Yes, but one thing is the European championship and quite another thing is the World Cup. It's more difficult.» SOT, Aliana Nieves, RT correspondent (Spanish): «Many thanks, Mr. President.» SOT, Javier Rodriguez, RT correspondent (Spanish): «Good luck.» Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal's chances of lifting the World Cup trophy, in an interview from Moscow on Wednesday. «Cristiano Ronaldo is unique. He is an international prestige for Portugal,» de Sousa said. When asked if he had spoken to the national team, the Portuguese president revealed that advised them «the game against Iran will be even more difficult because they already have three points. They played very well against Spain. They have a very good coach. Therefore, they [the Portuguese team] need to gather strength to win, not to draw.»

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