Rui Jorge praised the "intensity" of his Portugal players after an "historic" semi-final win over Germany, whose coach Horst Hrubesch admitted "they didn't let us play".
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Rui Jorge, Portugal coach
I am proud, I am really proud of them. We have a lot of trust in these players – all this time they've been with us, they have shown total commitment, passion, respect, and I am delighted they are showing just how good they are. Our main role here is to help their development and to give them the right conditions to continue showing their ability. Now we will see who we face in the final.
It is an historic moment for Portuguese football at Under-21 level. We've already reached one final in 1994 but that was in a different format so to get here is historic. When we picked this group, we knew they had a lot of quality. Of course we had some fears when they came here, about whether they could show all their qualities, but we knew what they were capable of – playing against big teams like this one we've faced today.
In a final tournament like this against a great team like Germany, it is necessary to show that character and that passion, that will to win and that respect. We had to give everything and that is what happened. I don't think there was a tactical secret [behind their triumph]. It was the quality of our players and the intensity they put into the game.
Bernardo Silva, Portugal
It's true that this is a great result against one of the best teams in Europe. I can't say that this was a result we were expecting to achieve, because it is simply not normal to win 5-0 in a European Championship semi-final. We are very happy to have achieved it and that gives us a lot of motivation for the future.
I'm aware that there has been quite a lot of praise for my displays but my only focus here is to help Portugal achieve their goals in the competition. We're doing well and as long as that's the case, then I'm happy. I'm only worried about that.
Horst Hrubesch, Germany coach
When you lose 5-0 there are not many excuses you can give. We wanted to be aggressive from the start but we didn't get into the game. I was just relieved in the end that it was not more than five. The team have the character to accept it – we win together and we lose together.
We lost our one-on-ones from the off. We missed our passes. We didn't do the easy things well. It was the entire team, not any individuals, and if you do this against a team of Portugal's quality, there is nothing you can do. They didn't let us play, we couldn't get into our game and when they made it 4-0 just after restart, the game was over, there was no way back.
I wouldn't say we had a fitness problem, but with Portugal you could see they were in good shape – they were aggressive like we had wanted to be. If you look at Italy or England, Portugal set the pace against those teams and that is what they did today as well.
Joshua Kimmich, Germany midfielder
If we'd given it our all, we wouldn't have walked off with a 5-0 defeat here. Everyone has to ask himself what went wrong today. It doesn't matter who you come up against, you can't lose a match 5-0.