Emre Can: "Nobody is scared of Cristiano Ronaldo"

Posted June 29, 2017

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.

"Portugal have to play as a team as well, even if they have a player like Ronaldo".

Chileans in the tournament in Russian Federation, as well as the opponents have not lost, having defeated the Cameroon national team 2: 0 and twice having painted the world teams with the teams of Germany and Australia 1: 1.

Arturo Vidal did not call Cristiano Ronaldo a "smart ass", with a translation error leading to incorrect headlines this week, Chile's press secretary says.

"I have already told my Bayern Munich team-mate (and Germany international) Joshua Kimmich that we will meet again in the final", the Chilean midfielder was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror on Tuesday.

"They have excellent players who play for great clubs of a world-class level. That makes us proud", Diaz said yesterday.

"I hope they can get the pitch in better condition because it's always important for the quality of the match, especially where you have teams which are technically strong and fast".

Tonight at 19:00 GMT, at Kazan Arena, in Kazan, two super soccer powers will go head-to-head in this year's Confederations Cup Semi Final.

- Portugal won its last game against a South American side, beating Argentina 1-0 in a friendly in November 2014.

According to Vasconcelos, what Vidal really said was that "there is no 'cuco' in Portugal", while answering a question about Ronaldo; in certain Spanish-speaking countries, the word "cuco" refers to something like the boogeyman, a monster that parents have been using to scare children for years. - Portugal is the only side which has not been behind at any stage in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

All eyes will be on the Arsenal man Alexis Sánchez, whose goal against Germany has moved him ahead of Marcelo Salas as Chile's all-time highest goalscorer, while Ronaldo is also approaching a landmark, being just two short of Pelé's 77 goals for Brazil.