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Bento: We Will Have To Be Organized

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has said his side must disrupt the Swedish team's organization if they want to stop Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The World Cup qualifying playoff between Portugal and Sweden has been billed as a duel between Ibrahimovic and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ahead of the game in Lisbon on Friday night, Bento warned that Portugal must remain focussed and can't just expect by shutting down Ibrahimovic that it will be enough, but instead should focus on on the whole Swedish team, which will in turn mean Ibrahimovic will be stopped.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a great player, he's also in a great moment with his club, he has excellent ability," Bento said the day before the game.

"For us, to try and stop this player we have to make a collective effort and not just be aware of the individual.

"We need to understand the organization of Sweden and on the top of everything, play our game."

"I think it is natural that sometimes (Ronaldo's) performance is not the same for the national team compared to the club.

"Right now, he is exceptional, with us, some time ago in Ireland  he was sensational and we count on his skills and motivation.

"We will have to be organized and with this he can play in the same way he is playing for Real Madrid."

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