Ruben Dias has revealed that he and Metropolis teammate Ilkay Gundogan have exchanged good luck messages earlier than they line up towards one another at Euro 2020.
Dias’ Portugal presently prime Group F after their 3-0 conquer Hungary on Matchday One, and victory over Germany would assure their place within the knockout levels.
However Die Mannschaft might be determined for the win themselves as they give the impression of being to maintain their qualification hopes alive and put a gap defeat to France behind them.
All friendships might be forgotten as soon as the match will get beneath approach as Dias and Gundogan give attention to performing for his or her respective residence nations, however the Portuguese defender admitted they’d nonetheless taken the outing to want one another nicely.
“Because it occurs I did discuss to (Ilkay) Gundogan,” Dias declared in a pre-match press convention.
“It wasn’t something philosophical, I simply needed to want him good luck and he did the identical.
“On the pitch there might be two very robust sides, two of the perfect in these Euros and likewise two groups who wish to have possession and dominate the sport.
“We all know Germany very nicely, we all know what they’re able to, we all know the gamers they’ve, however we even have our weapons.
“Greater than the person skills of every workforce, the one who wins would be the one who offers with the collective points higher and the one which’s higher ready type a collective standpoint.”
Coming off the again of an outstanding debut season at Metropolis, the place Dias picked up three separate particular person awards, the defender’s confidence is sky excessive.
The 24-year-old featured 50 occasions in a Metropolis shirt throughout the 2020/21 marketing campaign and, regardless of the clustered fixture calendar, he insists that his first marketing campaign in English soccer has supplied the proper preparation for the rigours of match soccer.
He mirrored: “The one factor I can say is that the mentality is similar, we wish to win each single match, we wish to be higher than the opponent and we wish to win.
“Individually, that helps me loads… each sport ready me for the Euros.
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“It was a really tiring season however I’m at all times a really targeted participant and targeted on the person parts, on the bodily points for example.
“Little by little, I grew to become ready and I’m able to be on the highest degree.
“In an effort to win the Euros, now we have to be on the highest degree.”
If latest historical past is something to go by, then the omens do not look good for A Selecao.
Portugal have did not beat Germany in over 20 years since present Porto supervisor, Sergio Conceicao, grabbed a hat-trick in a 3-0 Group Stage win at Euro 2000.
Dias is assured they will finish that run once they lock horns in Munich, however can be beneath no illusions in regards to the magnitude of the duty they’ve on their palms to interrupt the curse.
“Our expectations are that we’re going to be going through a tremendous workforce, the most effective on this Euros,” he defined.
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“We’re additionally the most effective to make certain and we’re totally conscious that even when we begin not the best foot, we have to have our toes firmly on the bottom.
“Now we have to be higher than them and higher than we have been (towards Hungary) as a way to win this match.”
Portugal v Germany kicks off at 20:00pm (UK) at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Area.
You’ll find an in-depth report on proceedings quickly after the ultimate whistle on mancity.com and our official app.