Saturday 20 January 2018

Portugal won't stack defence - Del Bosque

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque does not think Portugal will tinker with their winning formula and spring any tactical surprises in tonight's semi-final.

"They're going to keep the 4-3-3 that they have used so far. It is true that the other teams that we have faced have made reinforcements to their defence, but I don't expect that Portugal will change anything," Del Bosque said.

Portugal defender Joao Pereira said: "We have to be ourselves and not change the way we play just because we're going to face the reigning champions."

Coach Paulo Bento is without striker Helder Postiga due to a hamstring injury. Hugo Almeida is expected to start in his place. Spain have no injury worries and are likely to be unchanged.

Irish Independent

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