Portugal set for Confederations Cup semi-final

Calvin Saunders
June 29, 2017

- Either Portugal or Chile will become the first nation to reach the final in its Confederations Cup debut since France in 2001 - the French had won the European Championship in the previous year, as Portugal has done.

"Portugal have to play as a team as well, even if they have a player like Ronaldo".

Pizzi hopes to have the experienced Aranguiz, 28, fit to partner Arturo Vidal in Chile's defensive midfield core which helped win the Copa America title previous year. "He dedicates all his time to the team and he will defend them 100 per cent".

Pizzi added: "We build a game based on the players on the pitch". He had an unbelievable season in Spain and he's playing here with the same strength. He's playing here with the same strength.

Ronaldo remains the central threat for his team after scoring twice in the tournament, but Portugal have a wealth of creative talent available to support him.

"FIFA President Gianni Infantino and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura will both join Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko in the tribune of the Kazan Arena as Portugal takes on Chile".

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"We know it's going to be a hard match", Pizzi told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday in Kazan.

Chile play a very aggressive style, with high pressing and relentless attack. "Yes, we want to be in the final", he said.

Vidal, in attempting to rally his teammates for the clash against the formidable forward and his Portugal side, said that the "bogeyman" doesn't exist. "I have total confidence in my team". I didn't hear his [Pizzi's] interview but I respect his statements. "And I'm sure it's going to be hard for Portugal as well". - Chile's four goals have been scored by different players (Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas and Martin Rodriguez), with Vidal, Sanchez and Vargas also providing an assist.

Portugal will be without Raphael Guerreiro and Pepe due to an injury and suspension respectively and Eliseu is also a doubt after he did not train.

The second semi-final of the tournament will be played between Germany and Mexico on Thursday.

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