Portugal is hosting a major European Tournament Competition for the first time since EURO 2004.
Unlike a large-scale tournament, the Seleção only need to win two matches to claim another piece of hardware for the trophy case at the Cidade do Futebol.
It won’t be easy, as Switzerland, despite is lack of big-name recognition, is a regular participant in international competitions and are dangerous.
Holland, after missing the last World Cup, has always been a big name country with lots of history.
England is coming off a World Cup semifinal and an all English club finals in the recent Europa and Champions League.
It won’t be easy says Fernando Santos.
“It will be a very hard match, with two teams that like to hold onto the ball, that like possession. Switzerland also like to play long balls, utilizing the characteristics of players like Seferović; then there’s Shaqiri, who likes to hold the ball up. They are full of quality players. Our job is to think about ourselves … and to impose our style. The Portuguese national team, playing at home, want to bring joy to their fans.”
Vladimir Petković, Switzerland
“Portugal are certainly favorites, not just in this match, but for the tournament as a whole – they’re at home and are European champions. They have the pedigree but so many times we’ve shown, and football has shown, that nothing is impossible. Maybe now Switzerland just need that final stamp, which we can fight for and earn against the top sides, by winning a tournament like this one.”