No Brazil fear for Simao
Simao insists Portugal are not afraid of a possible must-win clash with Brazil in Group G.
Last Updated: 12/06/10 4:34pm
Portugal winger Simao insists he and his team-mates are not afraid of a possible must-win clash with Brazil, while he has also played down rumours of a bust-up with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Carlos Queiroz's side find themselves in this World Cup's 'Group of Death' as they prepare for Tuesday's Group G opener against Ivory Coast before meeting North Korea ahead of Brazil.
Portugal are therefore aware that they will need to be at their best to progress to the knockout phase and Simao would rather not go into the match against Brazil on 25th June requiring three points.
But the Atletico Madrid man is also adamant that he and his countrymen are not intimidated by Dunga's side, who are among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer.
"Portugal have some of the best players in Europe with a lot of ambition and it's a very united and strong team," said Simao.
"It's always important to start the World Cup in the best way with a win. We don't want to face Brazil in the third game needing a win, but if we need to win, why not, because we have beaten them several times before."
Simao has also sought to quash rumours that he does not get on with superstar Ronaldo by saying he is good friends with the Read Madrid Galactico.
"It's a lie and I don't understand it. You can ask Ronaldo and he will confirm that," said the 30-year-old.