England final would be special, says Portugal’s Bernardo Silva

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Published on June 4, 2019 - Duration: 00:42s

England final would be special, says Portugal’s Bernardo Silva

Portugal's Bernardo Silva told reporters on Tuesday (June 4) that it would be special to play against England in the UEFA Nations League final should they first beat Switzerland.

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England final would be special, says Portugal’s Bernardo Silva

SHOWS: PORTO, PORTUGAL (JUNE 4, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PORTUGAL FORWARD, BERNARDO SILVA, SAYING: "We need to be focused on our game of the semi-finals against Switzerland; a game that is very important for us but then of course if we go through and we play the final against England it will be special to play against some of my team mates, against some players who I have lived and I've shared so many beautiful moments.

But as I said, first of all we need to win the game against Switzerland.

That's a very tough game it's a very important one for us." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGAL FORWARD, BERNARDO SILVA, SAYING: "Of course the season that I had with Manchester City gives me the confidence and the aspiration to try and give my best for the national team and that's what I will try to do, finishing the season in the best way with a title with our national team.".

STORY: Portugal's Bernardo Silva told reporters on Tuesday (June 4) that it would be special to play against England in the UEFA Nations League final should they first beat Switzerland.

Silva, who won the domestic treble with Manchester City this season admitted he would enjoy playing against some of his England team mates such as Raheem Sterling and John Stones but insisted they had to fully focus on Switzerland first.

Silva was a key player for Pep Guardiola's Man City as they won the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup and he said to win a trophy with his national team would be the perfect end to the season.

The Portuguese squad has been bolstered by the talented Benfica youngster, Joao Felix.

The 19-year-old scored 20 goals in his first season as Benfica won the Portuguese league but has yet to make his debut for the national senior team.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Felix wouldn't have been selected if he wasn't ready, adding that the teenager was picked ahead of many other talented Portuguese players.

Meanwhile, Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic said he has no concern about Xherdan Shaqiri - arguably his most influential player - not getting a regular start with Liverpool.

Shaqiri says he will stay with European champions despite his recent lack of opportunities at the club.

He did not feature in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on Saturday (June 1) which clinched the Champions League title and has now joined up with the Switzerland side.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder was restricted to the bench for the bulk of the Premier League run-in and the final stages of the Champions League, although he helped Juergen Klopp's side reach the final with a key assist in the 4-0 win over Barcelona in the last four.

"No - I'm not worried at all, I have seen during our training sessions that my team is very fresh and fit, we had first session, saw same thing with Shaqiri," Petkovic told a news conference.

"It is often about mental strength and he has a very strong mental side.

The important thing in this competition is everyone gives their best not only to win the game against Portugal, but also the tournament," he said.

Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer said the team's bid for their best ever performance in an international competition was only strengthened by having players like Shaqiri and Arsenal's Granit Xhaka, involved in the business end of the European club season.

Xhaka played for Arsenal in their Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in Baku last week.

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