Warsaw (Poland): Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is full of respect for Portugal ahead of their Euro 2012 quarter-final encounter, and stressed that they cannot afford to make the same mistakes Netherlands made against the Seleccao in the group stages.
Oranje were beaten 2-1 on Sunday after failing to contain Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Chelsea man has insisted that there`s much more to Portugal than just the Real Madrid star.
"The footage of their win over Netherlands was very impressive. They played really well, created a lot of chances, and had loads of shots on target," Cech was quoted as saying by Kicker.
"We have to learn from Netherlands mistakes. If we give Portugal as much space as the Dutch did, I won`t have complained about a lack of work throughout the game."
"We have a shot if we stay compact and don`t give them any space. Cristiano Ronaldo is their superstar, but he won`t be decisive."
"What matters is that we keep things tight at the back and don`t let them play their own game. There`s more to Portugal than Ronaldo. They have a great team."
First Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 16:36