Portugal defeated Poland in their second Nations League game, moving to the top spot of the group and within a draw of taking top spot. Portugal would move to the semi-final stage of the tournament for a spot in Euro 2020. The Portuguese turned it on after surrendering the first goal and scored three straight. Portugal could have scored more if not for some poor finish. The score was flattered Poland who had a goal count at the end of the game that VAR would have clearly called back. We take a look at what we learned from the game.
1- Bernardo Silva has become most dangerous attacker behind Ronaldo
Bernardo Silva has shown once again his
quality in his latest performance against
Poland. Silva was a threat all night and scored
a magical third goal for Portugal. He took
control of the right and center of the field for
most of the game causing fits to the Polish
defense. Portugal are in good hands as Silva
looks to be the heir apparent to Ronaldo once
the current captain decides to hang up his
cleats with the national side. Silva is more
dangerous for Portugal when in more of a
central attacking role in the same way the national side would use Deco.
2- Ruben Dias gives the national side hope in the central defender role
Ruben Dias had another excellent game
against Poland and continues to improve
along side Pepe. The central defender
position is currently one of concern to the
national side and Dias' age of 21 is a refreshing
change to the recent call ups on the wrong
side of 30. Dias also could not have been
partnered with a better mentor in Pepe to help
him grow into a future role as the anchor of
the national side in the central defender role.
Portugal's cupboard on central defenders is
not as bare as we once though with Diogo Leite and Edgar Ie on the horizon.
3- Portugal's right side of the field was all but unstoppable
The right side of Portugal's attack was all but
unstoppable all game against the Poles, only
when they decided to take their foots off the
gas was when Poland was allowed to breathe.
The attack of Cancelo-Pizzi-Bernardo seemed
to do as they pleased all night. Joao Cancelo
may just be the best right back in the world at
the moment and Pizzi's return to form this
season along with the brilliant form of
Bernardo could be a real threat to opposition
sides in the future and with Renato Sanches
looking to have regained his confidence this could soon be a quartet.
WRITTEN BY JORGE CORREIA
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