Jose Mourinho says Portugal should not be written off as potential World Cup challengers because "nothing is impossible" with the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid attacker captained Portugal when they won Euro 2016, a triumph football fans didn’t expect at the time with the likes of Italy, France and Spain losing out on the trophy.
However, Manchester United boss reckons Portugal should not be discounted in Russia this summer.
"Portugal has an interesting squad," Mourinho told ESPN. "Without Cristiano, it would be impossible, but with him nothing is impossible.
"I believe that the Argentinian national team without Lionel Messi wouldn't be a contender, but with him, they are one of the favourites.
"I like very much the basic structure of Brazil, their tactical [approach]and mentality. There is a mixture between natural Brazilian talent and a serious approach, physically, tactically.
"It is a team capable of defending well, allowing few goals, with a good support base. And then up front with Willian, Neymar, [Philippe] Coutinho and [Gabriel] Jesus – they are all players with outstanding qualities.
"And then we have the traditional teams of Europe, but I believe Spain is once again a real team. They were able to get together players with the same game philosophy, adapted to that playing style.
"I would say that Spain is in better condition than any other European rivals. But let's see. It's going to be entertaining to me, I'll be in Russia for a week to follow the games and then finally vacation."