The Seleccao were knocked out of the tournament on penalties by Iberian rivals Spain in Wednesday’s semi-final in Donetsk following a 0-0 draw with the world champions.Portugal had progressed from a tough group featuring the Netherlands and Germany before defeating the Czech Republic in the quarter-final.
And the 43-year-old coach believes that his side’s run to the semi-finals has restored the country's pride in the national team.
He told reporters: "I am proud to have made you [the Portuguese people] recover the trust in the team. I am very proud and satisfied with the support of the fans, who demonstrated they were supporting the team.
"We did not lack anything. Spain had merit in their win. I am proud.”
Manchester United winger Nani also expressed his gratitude to the team’s fans for their contribution to his side's efforts in this summer’s tournament.
He said: "I am very satisfied with this reception. I would like to thank you all for your support."