The coach of the U20 Portuguese football team today said that a victory against Argentina "could give a big advantage" in the fight for the round of 16 of the World Cup1919 and anticipated an "excellent game" in group F.
"Argentina will bring us other problems. It is one of the strong teams in this group and it comes from a win, just like us. A win for any of the teams in this game will give them a big advantage in qualifying, "said Hélio Sousa at a press conference.
The 49-year-old was on hand to preview the second day of qualifying, set for Tuesday in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, and reinforced the importance of a Portuguese triumph after the victory against South Korea. 1-0 on Matchday 1.
"The six points would give us other possibilities, also depending on the other game, between Korea and South Africa. A victory will always be an added value," he said after training for the national team in Ligota.
Hélio Sousa refused that this is an early final and assured that Portugal plays "all games as they were finals", and will have an Argentine lineup "very strong as a whole" and made an "excellent [torneio] South American".
"It's a team with excellent players, players with strong midfield and strong on one against one. They have a strong collective dynamic and, like all South American teams, have a lot of race and surrender. It will be an excellent game, "he said.
The arrival of goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who only joined the Portuguese delegation on Sunday night, brought "another solution" to the team of the teams, joining João Virgínia, the starter against the South Koreans, and Luís Maximian.
"In these short competitions, they are all very even, any of them gives us excellent guarantees of being closer to winning," he said, admitting to making changes at 'eleven': "It may happen. It depends on the availability of the players, but we have the confidence of the world in all of them. "
Portugal and Argentina, both with three points, play on Tuesday, from 17:00 (Lisbon time), in the Municipal Stadium of Bielsko-Biala, in a meeting that will be directed by the referee Ismail Elfath, United States.
In the first round of Group F, the Portuguese side won 1-0 at Korea DPR with a goal from Francisco Trincão, while Argentina beat South Africa 5-2.