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Paulo Bento: Portugal will not change strategy

The 43-year-old stated that his side will never forget their identity, and hopes to be able to bring joy to an entire nation by beating Michal Bilek's men

Paulo Bento wants his Portugal side to remain humble and not take the Czech Republic lightly ahead of their quarterfinal on Thursday.

Despite kicking off its Euro 2012 campaign with a limp performance against Germany, the Portuguese coach stated that his side has never forgotten its history.

"What we have been doing is that, even in the toughest moments, we do not change our strategy, nor our identity," he said. "We will try to keep our head on our shoulders and focus on what we have worked on.

"[Thursday] we will see what our opponent will do and we will try to counter their strong points and explore their weak points."

Bento, who gave the press conference on his 43rd birthday, also stated that remaining humble and hard-working will be keys to winning the match.

"We are not getting euphoric. We are satisfied and proud with what we have done and we have had our time to celebrate. From that moment, we started to rest and prepare for what lies ahead.

"We have a match to try to get a place in the semifinals, nothing more than that.

"We are playing one match at a time and I am sure that tomorrow we will play like we have done so far.

"In the end, if we do not win, we will congratulate our opponent, just like we did against Germany, even though we knew we did not deserve to lose," he noted.

"My greatest wish is that this happiness will be for all the Portuguese people after the game," he concluded.

The Czech Republic faces the Seleccao on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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