Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

"We know the kind of player he is, but aside from him they also have other quality players who we have to neutralize", goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa told reporters in Russian Federation.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo is finally getting an attacking partner he can count on.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Portugal is not anxious about Cristiano Ronaldo being distracted at the Confederations Cup by talk of his possible departure from Real Madrid.

Portugal, Chile and hosts Russian Federation are the three contenders who will be appearing for the first time at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Portugal players stretch during an official training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan, Russia, on Friday, June 16, 2017.

It is not just Ronaldo they will need to stop though - winger Bernardo Silva, who missed Euro 2016 through injury, is fresh from winning the French title with Monaco and sealing a big-money move to Manchester City. "I did it and I shaved myself", Ronaldo told Real Madrid TV. Whoever has to defend Ronaldo, and it very will could be new Frankfurt signing Carlos Salcedo either as a right back with a four-man back line or if he's pushed up but still wide right in a 3-4-3, will not be entirely used to playing there and will have his hands full. While neither team seems to take this tournament too seriously, they will both still want to win this game and the cup since the World Cup is less than one year away it is important that both sets of sides start to get some of sort of winning system going if they are going to compete in 12 months time.

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"Portugal always shows ambition in every competition that it plays", Alves said.

Silva has been compared to a young Fernand Torres, the former Spain striker now playing for Atletico Madrid. Hernandez must improve up top and be more clinical in front of goal for Mexico.

In addition to being an idol, Ronaldo also serves as a mentor for the talented young forward. "He's been playing this game for several years, I'm just starting". Having Miguel Layun back will also help Mexico as his versatility will allow him to play either flank while also push up as a midfielder.

Mexico has only lost one game in its last five, its latest result was a 1-1 draw with the United States while its greatest victory was a 3-0 win against Honduras.

The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands. "But soccer is a team sport and I think that we have a great squad to confront him".

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo exercises during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. I'd promised that, if we won the Champions League and I scored a goal, I'd do it. The most experienced players received me with open arms and made me feel welcomed.

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