Fernandes fully focused on Ghana game

Wednesday 23 November 2022 13:30

Bruno Fernandes insists Portugal's preparations for their World Cup opener with Ghana will not overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo's situation.

Bruno joined coach Fernando Santos at a press conference to preview Thursday's contest in Qatar and stressed that Ronaldo's departure from Manchester United, confirmed on Tuesday, will not be allowed to disrupt the team's focus on lifting the trophy for the first time.

"Ghana can cause us a lot of problems because they are a fast team, with a lot of physical strength," said the Reds' no.8.

"We know they always put on great performances. It will be a very difficult game, it's the opener, which everyone wants to win. What Cristiano has said has no impact, our focus is on the national team and doing our best in tomorrow's game."

Bruno Fernandes knows Ghana will be awkward opponents on Thursday afternoon.

A self-confessed football nut, Fernandes was asked to analyse the opposition but says he will leave that down to his manager.

"They usually say that I have a bad temper," he added. "Not that I'm going to be a coach!

"We know that Ghana is a very intense team, with great quality and players who play in great leagues. Advice? I hope it's the coach who gives me the right instructions to play my role in the best way and we win this game."

On the subject of Ronaldo, Fernandes was clear that nothing will change for him, when it comes to representing Portugal.

"I don't feel uncomfortable," he added. "I don't have to pick a side. It's a privilege to play with Cristiano for the national team. It was a dream come true to be playing with Cristiano at the club, but nothing lasts forever.

"And now Cristiano has taken a decision for his life and we have to respect his decision as players. We know what the World Cup means to Cristiano Ronaldo and I am sure his focus has always been that."

Fernandes's United team-mate Diogo Dalot will also hope to be in Portugal's starting XI for the big game in Doha.