Nothing changes for Queiroz

05 June 2010 04:38

Carlos Queiroz insists he will not change his game-plan for Portugal's World Cup opener despite the likely absence of Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba.

The forward underwent an operation on Friday for a fractured arm and, although the Ivory Coast are refusing to rule him out of the tournament, he is almost certain to miss the clash with Portugal in 10 days' time.

However, Queiroz said: "We are not going to change anything in our plans. When great players are out of a World Cup - as also happened with my great friend Rio Ferdinand - it's always a shame, a blow for the spectacle."

He added: "But the strategy is to concentrate on our own. The longer we impose our game on the adversary, the more problems you create. Our players know what our style is. Our main weapon is our style of play, our way of football. We have to play like Portuguese teams. In that sense, I do not care if Drogba plays or not."

Source: PA