Extra day's rest no advantage for Czechs, insists Portugal boss Bento

The Seleccao sealed their place in the knockout stages a day after their opponents, but the former Sporting Lisbon coach does not believe fatigue will be an issue for his side
Portugal boss Paulo Bento does not believe that an extra day's rest will be of any advantage to the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 quarter-final clash in Warsaw.

The Czechs booked their place in the knockout stages with a 1-0 victory over Poland on Saturday night, while the Portuguese progressed 24 hours later courtesy of a 2-1 win over Netherlands.

In a tournament of such high intensity and such short turnarounds, it has been suggested that the added day of recuperation will be of great benefit to the Czechs, but Bento does not see it that way, pointing out that his side have already proven their mettle by coming through Euro 2012's 'Group of Death' despite losing their opening fixture, against Germany.

"The Czechs have had one day more rest but I don't think this difference will have a great influence [on the game]," the 43-year-old coach told reporters at his pre-game press conference on Wednesday.

"I don't think a team that has played against Germany, Denmark and Netherlands, like we have done, will have any problems with mental recovery. The physical recovery has been good too; we're in good condition."

Given the quality of the sides that they have already overcome, it has been suggested that complacency could also be a problem for the Seleccao. But Bento insists that his troops are well aware of the challenge awaiting them in the Polish capital.

"The players know what they have to do; they know the value of their opponents," he insisted. "We're well prepared.

"We've got great confidence in one another and we have the great humility that has got us this far."

Portugal's meeting with Group A winners Czech Republic will get under way at 20:45CET.