“Portugal can play with or without Cristiano”, assures President Marcelo
President Marcelo who will attend the decisive match of the round of 16 at Johnson’s Academyin Amadora, and has a prognosis that goes, obviously, for the victory of Portugal.
“It’s a perfectly possible option, Portugal can play with or without Cristiano. It is strong in defense, in attack, with Otávio already recovered, I hope he goes on the attack and manages to score soon”, said Marcelo, in statements to RTP.
Admitting that “it’s going to be a very difficult game” because the Swiss team is “very strict and it’s very dangerous to let them go until extra time”, we have to try to react by doing “everything to score goals”.
The head of state spoke with the national coach before the meeting. Asked about Fernando Santos’ state of mind, he confided that he is “determined and very confident” but worried.
“I’ve never seen a person as worried as he is”, said Marcelo about the mister.
And on the possible opponent of Portugal moving to the quarters, the President of the Republic admits that “despite everything” he prefers “the risky surprise of play with morocco” than Spain.
In these statements, he also risked a prediction for today’s meeting between Portugal and Switzerland and which will dictate Morocco’s opponent in the quarterfinals. “2-1 for Portugal and, Marcelo hopes, it will be in regular time.