Azerbaijan manager Giovanni de Biasi was in a joyful mood during the pre-match press conference as he claimed there is still hope of getting a result against Portugal, considering they are missing Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, De Biasi refuses to underestimate today’s opponents as they are still filled with quality.
The Italian manager, though, claimed Portugal boss Fernando Santos owes him a bottle of fine wine because it was thanks to him that he became the national coach.
The 65-year-old is talking about the time when he beat former boss Paulo Bento while he was in charge of Albania in 2014.
De Biasi said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is an excellent player, but Portugal has players in Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Paris Saint-Germain, [Borussia] Dortmund, Benfica, Porto, Sporting [Lisbon]…
“Hope is always the last to die. In life never say never.
“I would like to remind you that Fernando Santos still owes me a bottle of Porto wine, because he became the coach [of Portugal] thanks to me and then he became European champion”