Ruben Dias says Portugal ‘aren’t happy’ after letting in four goals in four games during World Cup qualifying as the Man City defender warns his team-mates not to underrestimate their next opponents Azerbaijan
- Portugal are unhappy with their defensive displays, admits defender Ruben Dias
- Fernando Santos’ men have let in four games in their last four qualifying games
- Man City star Dias says it is up to the squad to find the answer and tighten up
- He believes Azerbaijan will be a threat despite sitting at the bottom of the table
Defender Ruben Dias called on Portugal to tighten up at the back after shipping four goals in as many games during their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Portugal sit second in Group A with 10 points, trailing Serbia on goal difference heading into Tuesday’s game in Azerbaijan.
They needed two last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo goals after going behind against the Republic of Ireland last time out to secure all three points.
Portugal defender Ruben Dias says side are not satisfied with recent defensive displays
They let in their fourth goal in as many World Cup qualifying games against Republic of Ireland
‘We aren’t happy and that dissatisfaction comes from wanting to always be the best,’ Dias told a news conference on Monday.
‘The solution is where we always find the answer: within the group. That will be the base for us to build on and improve.
‘There’s always room for improvement and this is what we’ll look to do as a group, and ensure that we concede less goals.’
Portugal will be without Ronaldo for next clash against Azerbaijan and Dias wants his team-mates to take the lowly side seriously
Coach Fernando Santos will be without Ronaldo for the game with Azerbaijan – who are bottom of the table but will be buoyed after drawing with Ireland on Saturday – after the Manchester United forward was booked for taking his shirt off when celebrating his second goal last week.
‘We know Azerbaijan are a dangerous side. We saw how they played in their last game, but the best example is the game they played against us,’ Dias said.
‘They showed that they can cause us trouble. It’s a final for us and we’ll go into it with that mentality.’