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Spain v Portugal

Queiroz vows to attack Spain

June 28, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has promised to go on the offensive when his side take on Spain for a place in the last eight of the World Cup.

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Queiroz vowed an attractive game when Portugal took on Brazil in the group stages but the game turned out to be a disappointing 0-0 draw. His team have kept 22 clean sheets in their last 26 matches but Queiroz says he will take some more risks in the knockout stages.

"We want to win this game from the very first minute," Queiroz said. "We don't know if the game will be 90 minutes or 120 minutes or penalties. All that counts is that we move forward and score.

"My idea in a game of this nature is that we must take some risks. Our passing must be decisive if we want to win. We must also defend well and attack well. But if my squad wants to stay in the World Cup they must always be on the attack."

Portugal's draw with Brazil was littered with yellow cards, and seven of Queiroz's players are facing a ban if they are booked against Spain. "We have seven players on yellow cards but I am not not worried. They will have to play openly for 90 minutes and give their all for us to progress," he said.

"Our attitude will not take the cards into account. Our attitiude will be one of pragmatic realism. We must be aware of our rivals' virtues and we must be one second ahead of them. We must think quicker and play quicker.

"It's going to be extremely difficult for both teams. Our style of football though is somewhat similar and I believe it will be a quick game with a lot of creativity, a lot of great moves," he said. "At this stage I expect a great, great show of football."

Portugal have injury worries over striker Danny and Duda, but Deco is expected to return. Meanwhile, Portugal's Simao has talked up his side's chances of upsetting the European champions, claiming they're "not scared at all" of Spain.

"They're one of the best teams in the world but it's 50-50," he said. "Without showing them a lack of respect, we're not scared at all. We've got a great team too. And to become better, we have to beat Spain. They're champions of Europe, but we have our own qualities.

"You have to be aggressive. I don't mean committing fouls, but pressure the ball carrier and play our own game. They like keeping the ball, but it's not always the team that has the ball that wins."

The Atletico Madrid winger added: "It's normal that they wanted to avoid Brazil. But we're strong as well and I think we'll give them at least as many problems. Instead of talking about Spain all the time, we need to focus on ourselves."