Coach Roberto Martinez: “Portugal favourites? We want to go far”

(ANSA) – ROME, JUNE 25 – “Our goal is to get far”: words from the Portugal coach, Roberto Martinez, on the eve of the match against Georgia. “If you ask me to be the coach of Portugal, I can’t dream, I have to work – his words in the press conference – The goal is to go far, allow the fans to dream and make dreams come true. I don’t think Portugal is favorite”. “It’s the small details that define who gets to the final – he added – Portugal is a candidate, but is not favourites. Italy is also in the group of candidates. They are experienced teams, used to playing in these tournaments, always competitive, not they are never real surprises, but they are not the main favorites to win Euro 2024. Italy have a fantastic coach, they have experience and everything they need to go far.” As for tomorrow’s match against Georgia, Martinez confirms that Cristiano Ronaldo will play from the first minute: “We prepared the match to win.

Tomorrow the starting eleven will be full of important players. Diogo Costa will be in goal because I don’t like the rotation of goalkeepers. And I can say that tomorrow the captain (Ronaldo, ed.) will be in the starting eleven.” On the match against Georgia he adds: “It is an important match because the result will establish who will qualify and who will not. Georgia played a very interesting European Championship. We must continue to show the same concentration and win.” (ANSA).