"We believe this is a great opportunity, because no
Portuguese side has ever gone to a World Cup with as much credit
as this one," Rui Costa said.
Rui Costa has had a frustrating season plagued by injuries at
He has also had to miss many of Portugal's World Cup warm-up
But he has joined in full training sessions held first in
Macao and now under tight security at Seoul's Military Academy.
"I feel fine, I am going well, I've forced myself along with
my team-mates so that we can reach peak fitness," Rui Costa added.
Striker Joao Pinto's own fitness and form have not been in doubt during one of his finest domestic seasons, in which his Sporting Lisbon side landed a league and cup double.
Rui Costa said he could barely wait for
their first group D clash against the United States in Suwon on
"It's controlled anxiety. We are more anxious now than in
Macao, and are waiting for our turn," said Rui Costa.
experienced players, we can handle anxiety."