Portugal coach Fernando Santos has hailed the Austrian team ahead of both team’s clash at the Euros on Saturday.
The Portuguese are up against the Austrians in their respective second game of the group with both countries needing a win after they both failed to win their first games.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, Santos had some positive words about the Austrians.
“Austria are a very strong team. It’s not for nothing that they’re in the top ten in the FIFA rankings,” he said.
“Over the last four or five years they have developed and the personnel has mainly stayed the same. They’re strong in attack and have many players with great qualities and technical ability. They are very different to Iceland.
“David Alaba, [Marko] Arnautović, [Marc] Janko, [Martin] Harnik … They are all top-quality players. [Zlatko] Junuzović too. Austria are a team full of quality players who want the ball and know how to play. There is no need to pay special attention to any one player – we must pay special attention to the entire Austria squad.
“We did some good things against Iceland. We have to magnify them even more now, and improve on the things we didn’t do so well,” he added.