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World Cup 2014

Bento: Full Squad Needed For Success

Paulo Bento has declared that despite Cristiano Ronaldo being passed fit to face the Germans, his Portugal side will need more than their talisman to pick up a win in their World Cup opener.

The Real Madrid star has recovered in time from a knee and thigh injury to face Germany but Bento has admitted that he will need a team effort to beat Joachim Low’s men.

"I think having a player like Cristiano is very important because he influences the way we play greatly," Bento told reporters.

"He knows that and, more importantly, his team-mates know that.”

"But just because we have the best player in the world doesn't mean that we should be world champions. I know that some people in my country don't like me to say that but it's true.”

"All 23 players have to be like a compact team in order to achieve a good result."

The Portugal coach then went on to blast their early start at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova.

"It's not good for everybody, for the players and the fans," he said.

"It's not the best way to serve the players and they are most important."

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