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Rony Lopes believes Portugal is confident

LISBON, PORTUGAL - JULY 22: Monaco midfielder Rony Lopes from Portugal celebrates scoring a goal that the referee invalid during the Friendly match between Sporting CP and AS Monaco at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 22, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
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The Portuguese forward thinks his team is ready to get a win against Italy in the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League season

The Portugal national team is set to debut in the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League season, but they will have a difficult opponent in front: Italy.

The Azzurri already debuted on the competition and salvage a 1-1 draw against Poland in Bologna.

And now they will play against the Portuguese in Lisbon.

For forward Rony Lopes, Italy is good, but Portugal is better.

“We are confident,” the 22-year-old striker told the media as reported by Football Italia.

“The fact Italy drew with Poland gives us even more belief and motivation to top the group. Italy is a good team with good players, but Portugal is ready to win.”

“This team has a bright future ahead of it, as there’s a lot of quality and young players happy to learn from the experience of the elders,” he continued.

“Cristiano [Ronaldo] is the best player in the world and it’d be a privilege for me to play by his side. It’s not happened yet, but I hope it will do soon,” he said.