Portugal team-mates impressed with debutant Raphael Guerreiro

Portugal midfielder Tiago and goalkeeper Beto showered debutant Raphael Guerreiro with praise after the left-back's impressive debut in last night's victory over Armenia in the Algarve.

Speaking to PortuGOAL, Tiago pointed out the importance of having a "good mix of young and old players", while Beto said he sees a "very very good player" in Guerreiro.


Tiago said: "I'm very happy to be with the Seleção again after four years away. We have an excellent group. The mix between very good young players and older ones is very important. I think they need our help (from the experienced players), and we take off the pressure for them.

"It was a hard game, a very difficult game. Armenia fought a lot. They put a lot of players at the back and defended very well. We were very happy to get the goal and the win."

Watch the interview in full below.


Beto: "What is difference since the appointment of Fernando Santos? The only difference is that we are winning. I'm glad for my country and my team that we are winning now.

"We are on the road to Euro 2016. We are growing and improving as a team.

"I saw a couple of games of Raphael Guerreiro in France and I saw he is a very very good player. He's going to grow with us, but he played a very very good game tonight, very confident, with a good rhythm. I enjoyed watching him play."

Beto also expressed his delight at his club situation saying "Sevilla is good for me, I've given my best to Sevilla - it was a very good marriage!"

Watch the interview in full below.



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  • Guest - Daniel

    Brilliant interviews! I see both have good humour and speak great english. Thanks for this PortuGOAL. :)

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great interviews.

    Every interview with Beto is fantastic!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great work getting those interviews. While I haven't agreed with some of the older players Santos has brought back, Tiago is a clear exception. He's been a top mid-fielder in Europe for the past few seasons. Also love the fact that he keeps calling new faces. We have an opportunity where qualifying should be easier this time around and Santos is using this time to try new blood which is what we needed from a manager.

    Santos has come out and said that everyone is free for the Portugal v. Argentina game. I know it's just a friendly but this will be the hardest opponent we have faced since Germany in the world cup. The confidence boost could be huge for our team.

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