Portugal international Mario Rui admits it’s tough to face his Napoli teammates Lorenzo Insigne and Jorginho in the Italy jersey.
The 0-0 draw at San Siro last night ensured Portugal top the Nations League group and make it through to the Final Four.
“Italy played really well in the first half, causing us problems between the lines, and we struggled a great deal against their quality,” Mario Rio told Radio CRC.
“However, after the break we made fewer mistakes and it was a more balanced encounter."
The full-back was up against his current and former Napoli companions on the field at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
“It’s one thing to have Insigne and Jorginho as teammates, quite another to be up against them, so that was really tough. I am happy with the point, as it allowed us to win the group, but Italy do deserve praise.
“When we get back to training in Naples, I’ll tell Lorenzo that Italy have improved a great deal and played very well.”