Santos: 'We were as simple as doves and wise as serpents'

  • Guardian, Monday, July 11, 2016 5:08 AM
Coach Fernando Santos praised goalscorer Eder and injured star Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal won its first European title.

“He told me he would score when I sent him on,” said Santos, whose side won only once in 90 minutes all tournament. “The ugly duckling went and did just that. Now he’s a beautiful swan. As for Ronaldo, twice he tried to carry on but he couldn’t. Personally I think the referee should have shown a card [to Payet for his challenge], yet he didn’t even give a foul. Anyway the way Cristiano spoke to us and reached the lads, motivating them, in the changing room and in the dugout … he believed that tonight was going to be our night. On his behalf I’d like to thank all the players for believing. We were as simple as doves and wise as serpents. I thank them all.”

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