Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo said in an interview with the “Portuguese Football Federation” magazine when asked about his expectations and the promises he could convey: “There is no need for that, it is useless in anything to promise titles or make expectations. What I can promise you is that we will go into every game to win it.”
He added, “I feel that I have no less motivation than my first continental participation in 2004 (his team lost the final at home to Greece 0-1). We are the champions of the last edition and we will be part of the candidate teams to win the cup.”
“We have to improve some small things, but the work has been done,” he said in a video broadcast by the local federation.
“Now the ball has to go in order for the Portuguese national team to do their best and make the best start by beating Hungary.”
The draw did not have mercy on the Portuguese team, crowned with the title in the last edition that was held in France in 2016, by defeating the host country 1-0 after the extension, because it dropped it in the group of death with the world champion France and Germany, where it will meet with the latter on the 19th of this month and then finish the journey with the roosters On June 23 this year.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos held a training session on Thursday morning in a Lisbon suburb before heading to Budapest, where they will stay for the duration of the tournament.
Portugal played two friendlies in preparation for the European Cup, drawing 0-0 with Spain and achieving a wide victory over Israel 4-0.