Martinez: Bento has the perfect formula

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Portugal boss Paulo Bento has found the ideal formula to bring out the best in his team at Euro 2012.

Football News: Portugal

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Since his appointment as the manager of the Portuguese national team, Bento has achieved a win rate of 60%. The squad are now one victory away from a place in the Euro 2012 finals, and Martinez shared with that he was impressed with how the former Sporting Lisbon boss has managed to bring out the best from Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I am really impressed with Portugal, I am fascinated how Paulo Bento has found the perfect, winning formula for Portugal. He deserves huge credit, it was a very astute tactical change to free [Cristiano] Ronaldo and allow all the good play," Martinez said.

"He can afford just to appear in the game and be very effective because he is completely free, he starts on the left-hand side but he'll come through the middle, play in between lines and get in behind people. You'll see him having one-on-ones everywhere on the pitch. They are very strong as a team but they can rely on one of the best players of his generation, in Cristiano Ronaldo."

With three goals in the tournament so far, the Real Madrid winger has garnered most of the attention. However, Martinez highlighted the contributions of three other Portuguese midfielders he felt were vital in the team's success.

"For me, the strength of that group is the midfield three - [Miguel] Veloso, [Joao] Moutinho and [Raul] Meireles. I think they give a fantastic balance and they are a really good combination but obviously, in any team, you need to score goals. That comes from Cristiano Ronaldo," he stated.

Portugal play Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2012 on Wednesday.

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