Spain 'well rested'
POLAND - Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed talk that their Spanish rivals have reason to complain because they have two days less to recover before their Euro 2012 semi-final clash today.
"Three days rest is more than sufficient. The Spanish have commented that having two fewer days rest is a disadvantage, but as a professional I don't think it's important," the Real Madrid striker was quoted as saying on Uefa's website.
Portugal advanced to the semifinals last Thursday by beating the Czech Republic 1-0, while defending champions Spain beat France 2-0 on Saturday.
"You have to prepare for the match in the same way that we prepared for the others. We don't have to do anything different. It will be a hard clash in which Portugal has to do very well to beat Spain.
"We are ready and we will do our best," said Ronaldo, who has scored three goals so far in the tournament.
Ronaldo leads the scoring chart alongside Germany's Mario Gomez, Russia's Alan Dzagoev and Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, but the latter two are already back home with their sides eliminated in the group stage.
"I knew the goals would come. It didn't start very well, but with the sacrifices of my teammates everything improved," said Ronaldo.
And he insisted he remains calm before the Iberian clash in Donetsk.
"These games are part of my life. I have 10 years playing them in clubs and for the national side so I have to be used to them.
"Responsibility yes, pressure no," he said. "It's nice that Portugal have a chance to reach another final after eight years (they lost to Greece in the final of Euro 2004, which they hosted). It will be difficult but we are only one step away."
- Another semifinal match will see Italy taking on Germany tomorrow.