Questioned at a press conference before Portugal’s last 16 tie on Tuesday against Switzerland, Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho underlined the squad’s togetherness while stating that any issues surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo have been cleared up. The 30-year-old Real Betis player explained:
“Our group is united as always. We’ve been working well and we believe that we can do good things in this World Cup. No one likes to lose, we have to analyse and understand what we did wrong [against South Korea, 1-2]. Me sitting here doesn’t mean I’m going to be in the starting line-up. I believe that André Silva was here before and then he wasn’t in the starting line-up for the other game… On Ronaldo, everything is already clear. I’m not the one who can speak on this matter.”
Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan, in which he was critical of his club Manchester United, before the tournament had seemed to unsettle the camp, given the presence of fellow United player Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot within the squad.