"I know Leo better than my wife"

We are coming from a very positive period, the game on Saturday doesn't affect us. We must have balance, calmness. In SERIE A there are 16 games left. In the UCL we arrive with enthusiasm but aware of the difficulties.


Porto defend very well and concede few goals. They have quality on the wing and in front, they are dangerous on the break and very physical. We will have to avoid crashing into their wall and not take their concede counter-attacks.


We are four strong center-backs with different characteristics, but that's the coach's business. We are always ready but we know that two of the four will be on the bench. We are a group and there is a great feeling between us.

Many teammates have experience in Europe. We experienced something similar in the Coppa Italia, playing over 180 minutes. We have to learn from past experiences, but I'm sure we'll play a different game from the last few years.


I think day-to-day, every time I have thought long-term I have made a mistake and stopped. I do my best and then we'll see. We can't wait to get on the pitch.


Depending on who is playing next to you, something changes. I've been training with De Ligt for a year, the same with Demiral. I know Leo better than my wife.


Cristiano is special, he was an added value and a fortune to be able to train with him and to pick up those little secrets that have made him the champion he is. Tomorrow he will even be more ready because we play in Portugal.

The Porto forwards are very good, dangerous in space, on crosses, and in playing the ball around. They also have very good wingers...we will have to be ready not to give them so much space.


I have seen a few Porto games, Portugal has always had very good defenders like Ruben Dias. I know Pepe because I played against him with the national team.






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