Hungary are guaranteed to reach the knock-out phase of Euro 2016 but are determined to progress as winners of Group F and are not obsessing about Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo when the team's meet Wednesday in Lyon.
"Everyone's also asking about Cristiano Ronaldo but I don't think he's the only world class player in this team," Hungary coach Bernd Storck told a news conference Tuesday. "Other players in this team who have won the Champions League and have contributed to their great success."
Forward Gergo Lovrencsics agreed, adding: "We are prepared for this game and are aware he's their most dangerous player but Portugal has lot of class in their team. Other offensive players are also dangerous but I think we have an antidote to them."
Hungary currently lead the group on four points ahead of Portugal and Iceland on two, while Austria are bottom on one.
Germany defeating Northern Ireland on Tuesday ensured Hungary will progress as one of the best third-placed teams even if they lose Portugal - not that they are settling for the back-door.
"I think we would like to finish first in the group," Lovrencsics said. "That's where we are now."
Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in their opening game and then a 0-0 with Austria last time, where they missed a host of chances and Ronaldo struck the post with a penalty.
"Everyone knows he's our captain but the team is the team, we're not focused on Ronaldo," midfielder William Carvalho said when asked if the side was over-reliant on the Real Madrid star.
But there is no doubt that Ronaldo not finding his range has had a huge impact on Portugal's poor scoring record.
"We've worked well, we're not really concerned about the goals," Carvalho said. "I'm sure we're going to score tomorrow."
Portugal coach Fernando Santos has doubts over midfielder Andre Gomes and Raphael Guerreiro, saying he will consult with medical staff before making a decision on them.
And he insisted that Portugal were not going to panic simply because results had not gone their way so far
"We cannot change tact overnight," he said. "We'll try to stick to the way we play. We played average to well against Iceland and well against Austria, the only problem was we couldn't score the chances we had."
Santos said that Ronaldo would remain on free kick and penalty duty despite his poor recent record in both disciplines and backed Portugal's "standard bearer" to bounce back.
"He's always proven that what he does best is to score," Santos said.
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