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Raul: We are not a one-man show

Meireles confident about collective effort

By | 21st June 2012

Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles insists that despite the massive significance of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to the nation’s success in Euro 2012, the team is founded on the principles of a collective effort.

Ahead of this evening’s quarterfinal showdown against the Czech Republic, Meireles has made it clear that the only way for the Portuguese side to succeed is if they share the trust that has gotten them this far.

Ronaldo’s two goals against the Netherlands on Sunday were surely critical, but Meireles also points out that as demonstrated in the thrilling 3-2 win over Denmark, every Portuguese player should be ready to seize the moment when called upon.

“We’ve started to play very well, but this started with the preparation games back home in Portugal. The confidence has always been the same,” Meireles stated about the belief within the Portugal squad.

The Chelsea player added: “It’s not important who’s shooting the most or the least. It’s a collective effort. Above all, we’ve shown that we’re a team with good organization, with extremely strong players.”

Such has been the momentum of this Portugal team since their two-match winning streak in an extremely difficult Group B that they are widely considered to be the favorites this evening.

However, Meireles has noted that in addition to boasting a world-class goalkeeper in Blues teammate Petr Cech, the Czechs are riding a very similar swing of momentum themselves.

“I know Petr very well. He’s very strong mentally. He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and he has proved that.

“The feeling I have is that they’ll come with the desire to win. After losing the first game heavily, they responded very well to finish top of their group,” the 29-year old concluded.

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