In an interview with the Lusa agency, ‘captain’ Dolores Silva, who has been at the modality’s tournament agency in the Netherlands for five years, revealed what she will advise her teammates.
“Above all, what I’m going to say is enjoy the moment. To be representing our country at the highest level is the dream of all of us, of any player. Being privileged to be in this moment is for fun”, said the Sporting de Braga average.
At the 2017 Netherlands European Championship, Portugal made its debut with a defeat (2-0) against Spain, beat Scotland (2-1) and was defeated by England (2-1), saying goodbye to the continental competition in the third of the Group D, with the same points of Spanish, who went ahead, and Scottish, declared that ‘poule’.
At the age of 30, the player defined her goal as “doing the best for Portugal”, which may or may not “surprise”, as long as she works for it, with the awareness “that it will be difficult”
“We will give everything for Portugal”, he guaranteed, wanting to “enter with the right, enter well with Switzerland”, since Group C is “very difficult, with very powerful teams”.
In the competition that will take place in England, Portugal will face, in Group C, Switzerland (Saturday), the Netherlands (July 13), holders of the trophy, and Sweden (July 17), Olympic runner-up in Tokyo2020 , after being refished due to access to Russia, his ‘executioner’ in the ‘play-offs’ of access to the finals.
“They are three great opponents. Three great teams. I know them well, I have friends in the different teams. The important thing is that we are focused on ourselves. We have our valences. We are a team that, although we do not have a large presence in the countries, we deserve to be here. Those who are attentive, realize that there is a lot of evolution. The idea is to show a competitive Portugal”, said Benfica forward Jéssica Silva to Lusa.
The 27-year-old has suffered the presence of no certain five-year-old continental due to a serious injury, but puts Portugal above personal goals.
“I don’t come to the European Championship to look for a personal guarantee. Anyone who has known me for a long time knows the path I have taken over the years. I am aware that I have marked my step, but more than that, it is representing Portugal, our jersey. Portugal is a team. It’s not Jessica Silva. I’m very focused on what made a great European”, she said.
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