"They're a strong team but we also have our qualities and we will try to win the game". "And everybody will try and give their utmost tomorrow as to prevail".
"Tomorrow is very different from the group stage, where the points matter - tomorrow, either you win or lose". Uruguay is the only team that didn't concede a goal in the first round - in a group containing Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Ahead of their return to the Black Sea coast, the more prosaic feel that ran throughout their slow march to Euro 2016 glory has returned, with Ronaldo giving Portugal an early lead it hung on to against Morocco before Ricardo Quaresma's sublime strike illuminated a VAR-fueled 1-1 draw with Iran.
"That is an additional factor".
"He is a worldwide star, but you don't prepare for a match thinking about one player, but thinking about the team as a whole".
Godin, battle-hardened after years of working under Atletico coach Diego Simeone, has always been unapologetic about his country's uncompromising style.
"The important thing is to think about the [round of 16] match, think about the game, get to know your adversaries and then to get well prepared mentally and physically, regardless of it being Uruguay or the hosts", Santos said of his team's progress.
Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain.
"I don't think it will be a duel between Suarez and Ronaldo", Alves said on Thursday.
Moreover, he can compete against them, as with four goals he surpasses Suarez (two) and Cavani (one), and of his 15 shots, seven have been on target, compared to the eight from the Uruguayans. While same goes for the Portuguese players and their immediate nemesis, Luis Suarez. "It's impossible for a player to win by himself".
Portugal coach Fernando Santos: "They are a typical South American side".
The Madrid derby comes to the shores of the Black Sea in the last-16 with Uruguayan captain Diego Godin, of Atletico, and his club teammate Jose Maria Gimenez coming up against Real and Portugal's five-time Ballon d'Or victor.
Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez could return to the side after missing the game with Russian Federation with a back injury.
"I don't make comments on individual players at all, " Tabarez said.