Portugal manager Fernando Santos has no problem with people viewing his side as “ugly ducklings” among the remaining teams in Euro 2016.
The likes of Iceland, Wales and Italy have all been praised for their displays in France. On the other hand, Portugal have been subject of heavy criticism, despite making the semi-finals after failing to win a single game in 90 minutes all tournament.
PORTUGAL ARE THE FIRST TEAM TO ENTER THE #EURO2016 SEMI FINALS WITHOUT WINNING A SINGLE GAME IN THE 90 MINS!! I DON’T BELIEVE IT JEFF!!
— Copa90 (@Copa90) 30 June 2016
Santos, however, is not interested in what people have to say about him and his team.
Quoted in the Evening Standard, the Portugal coach said: “Of course, Wales and Iceland are the teams everyone likes, because nobody expected them to get this far.
“I’m not worried about being the ugly duckling or someone who feels sorry for himself. I’m interested about getting to the final and winning it.
“It doesn’t bother me or the players at all. Would I like us to be pretty? Yes. But, in between being pretty and being at home, or being ugly and being here, I prefer to be ugly.”
Santos has also praised Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the Real Madrid forward not having met the high expectations that were set for him before the tournament.
“Of course, you can’t compare and you shouldn’t compare the Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid with the Ronaldo in the national team, although we have a fantastic Ronaldo here,” the 61-year-old said.
“He is an example, as captain, of the spirit of this team, of this team’s determination. He wants to do well and he wants to win, and in this aspect he has been fantastic.”
Portugal face Wales on 6 July for a place in the final at Euro 2016.