Portugal v Egypt - International Friendly
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 23: #11 Bernardo Silva of Portugal in action during the International Friendly between Portugal and Egypt at the Letzigrund Stadium on March 23, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

Despite the recent shocking developments that have occurred for Spain, a dubious Bernardo Silva feels that it would be unwise for Portugal to let their guard down ahead of their opening game on Friday

RFEF president Luis Rubiales stunned the football world on Wednesday by announcing that he had fired head coach Julen Lopetegui with just two days remaining till their Group B opener against Portugal.

This came after Lopetegui signed for Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane for next season without having first consulted the RFEF.

Reports of unrest have since emerged at the Spain camp with experts predicting that the latest events may have a big impact on their World Cup campaign.

But Silva feels that, due to their superior technical qualities, Spain cannot be underestimated regardless of whatever is going on.

“At a technical level, Spain is the best national team in the world,” said the playmaker, according to SportsKeeda.

“That midfield with players from Barcelona and Madrid, obviously they are favourites [on Friday]. The majority of them have won a European Championship or a World Cup, but we have a good team and we will go out to win like we always do.

“To win against Spain we need to be strong mentally, Cristiano Ronaldo needs to be at his best and [we need] a bit of luck.”

Fernando Hierro has since been appointed the new head coach of Spain for the World Cup.