Portugal's Adrien Silva says not expecting 'easy' Morocco match

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Published on June 17, 2018 - Duration: 04:31s

Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva believes his side will not have an easy match against Morocco, despite his team holding their own against Spain last week.

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Portugal's Adrien Silva says not expecting 'easy' Morocco match

SHOWS: MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA (JUNE 17, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

VARIOUS OF PORTUGAL CAPTAIN, CRISTIANO RONALDO, AND MIDFIELDER RICARDO QUARESMA, ARRIVING FOR TRAINING SESSION 2.

RONALDO SHAKING HANDS WITH PORTUGAL COACH, FERNANDO SANTOS 3.

TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS 4.

RONALDO AT TRAINING SESSION 5.

VARIOUS OF TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS 6.

RONALDO AND QUARESMA STRETCHING 7.

FORWARD, GELSON MARTINS, MIDFIELDER, BRUNO FERNANDES AND WILLIAM CARVALHO 8.

VARIOUS OF PLAYERS STRETCHING 9.

QUARESMA AT TRAINING 10.

VARIOUS OF TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS 11.

MIDFIELDER BERNARDO SILVA 12.

VARIOUS OF TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS 13.

PORTUGAL MIDFIELDER ADRIEN SILVA, WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM 14.

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGAL MIDFIELDER ADRIEN SILVA, SAYING: "Yes it was a positive result, not the one that we expected.

And we showed from the beginning of the match that we were not there to lose the game.

The team gave a good response even when Spain overturned the result, and that shows the character of the team, and we cannot forget that the match was against one of the favourites of the tournament." 15.

NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 16.

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGAL MIDFIELDER ADRIEN SILVA, SAYING: "It won't be easy.

It doesn't matter the name of the opponent we will face, there are no easy games.

We saw on the other group matches the favourites had difficulty overcoming the opponents.

And now we are just focused on preparing for the next match against Morocco.

Morocco during the qualification stage didn't concede any goals, and that shows the defensive organisation that Morocco has.

And that shows us the difficulties that we will face." 17.

NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 18.

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGAL MIDFIELDER ADRIEN SILVA, RESPONDING TO A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER HE AGREES THAT CRISTIANO RONALDO IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, SAYING: "This is our opinion also.

Apart from what everyone sees, he sets a good example for all of us to follow - not just at the game with the goals that he scores - but also it is in his behaviour, in his leadership, and as our captain... And for me it is a great honour to share the dressing room with him.

And obviously, he's the best player in the world." 19.

NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS STORY: Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva said on Sunday his side was not expecting an easy match with Morocco, despite his team holding their own against Spain last week.

Morocco lost to Iran thanks to a stoppage-time own goal on Friday in their World Cup Group B opener, while Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain courtesy of hat-trick from captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva said preparation was key.

"It won't be easy.

It doesn't matter the name of the opponent we will face, there are no easy games," he said.

"We saw on the other group matches the favourites had difficulty overcoming the opponents." "Morocco during the qualification stage didn't concede any goals, and that shows the defensive organisation that Morocco has.

And that shows us the difficulties that we will face." The 2016 European Champions take on Group B rivals Morocco on Wednesday at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

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