Paulo Bento: 'We must not lose patience'

BY foxsports • November 14, 2011

Portugal boss Paulo Bento will demand patience from his players as they try to secure a place at Euro 2012 on Tuesday night against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Bento's men claimed a goalless draw in the first leg in Zenica on Friday, although they were fortunate to escape from a bitty encounter on level terms after home substitute Vedad Ibisevic wasted two golden chances late on.

A bobbly pitch and some over officious refereeing meant Portugal's fluent football was never going to be showcased at the Bilino Polje stadium, but Bento is expecting better at the Stadium of Light in the return.

He told reporters at a press conference today: "Our preparations for the first game focused on competing. With the conditions we had to face we showed great adaptability and played more direct.

"Nevertheless the result is better for us than for Bosnia. However, having not scored an away goal, we know there is still a risk.

"We know we might have to face some instances of adversity but we must not lose patience. We must be faithful to our style of play in order to get a goal."

Bento is confident his players will prevail, however, and secure a place in Poland and Ukraine next summer.

"If we have the same attitude we displayed in Bosnia then I will be satisfied, win or not," he said.

"But I firmly believe that at the end of the 90 minutes we will have a happy team and a happy country."

Bosnia-Herzegovina's Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic hinted the visitors will adopt a counter-attacking style in Lisbon.

"We're still confident for what is to come," he told "If we score a goal over there, I think we'll go through.

"They would then have to score two, and we have the players to [stop them]. It's all still open, so it's going to be a great match."