Speaking ahead of the match against New Zealand in St Petersburg, Santos chuckled his way though a question from a Brazilian journalist asking whether his team were now better to watch before delivering a withering riposte.
In Portugal's first game against Mexico, their back line was exposed as slow to react on crosses. On the other New Zealand, a country with one professional team and only a smattering of players at top clubs across the globe.
"We have an incredible amount of confidence that whoever we face, it's the fifth best team in South America". I was reading that Mexico were going to beat us 3, 4 or 5-0.
Portugal won their last game 1-0, but it could, and probably should, have been a wider margin.
A draw guarantees them passage to the semi-finals, so they might want to rotate the team again somewhat, but they can't afford to make wholesale changes.
If the group B with nearly all the semi-finalists is clear that in the quartet And the intrigue remained until the last. In fact, if New Zealand can stun Portugal at the same time on Saturday, a Russian Federation win would give the hosts top of the group. Meanwhile in Moscow, hosts Russian Federation face a first-round exit at their home tournament after, seemingly inevitably, Cristiano Ronaldo's goal for Portugal forced them to need a win against the fiery Mexicans to make it into the next round.
Osorio said Mexico has been waiting for this type of game.
Statistics show that if on the field do not have in New Zealand, then to calculate the precise shots do not have to use all the fingers of both hands.
You were the first to come to Russia's World Cup, after us. The Mexicans were pushed all the way by an energetic and valiant New Zealand, who took the lead on the brink of half-time with a goal from Chris Wood.
The Colombian said: "We're human beings so there are certain situations in which we are more affected by words than others".
They would also qualify with a loss if Portugal lose to New Zealand by the same margin. Three times he arrowed the ball too close to New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who leaped to push one first-half effort against the crossbar.
It was suggested to Cherchesov that Russia's difficulty in securing results in key fixtures over recent years could once more haunt them when they meet Mexico, especially given that Juan Carlos Osorio's side are ranked 46 places above them in FIFA's official table.