Portugal ended their first ever Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Poland, with both national sides already knowing where they were set to finish in the group the national team managers decided to sit many of their normal starters and have a look at other players on the squad in longer roles. Portugal who have been missing Ronaldo since the tournament start also were without starter Patricio, play making midfielder Bernardo Silva and played this game with two left backs as Guerreiro was moved up into the midfield.
1- Joao Mario looks to have his groove back
Joao Mario once again came off the bench for
the second game in a row for the national side
and added some spark to what was mostly a
lackluster affair. Mario looks to have regained
the confidence lost after appearing in recent
games with regular club Inter. Fernando
Santos added that he never had any
doubt in the talent of the central midfielder
and that he will be a key piece of the Natioanl
side going forward. A confident and in form
Joao Mario would become a dangerous piece
added to the national side.
2- Renato Sanches is ready for starting role with squad
After spending two years since his Euro 2016
championship in the abyss, Renato Sanches
looks to have turned a corner in his career as
the now 21 year who was given fame and
fortune at a very young age is finally showing
why all the accolades were showered down
upon him when he was merely 18 years old.
Sanches was the best Portuguese player on the
field for Portugal and is a bull in the midfield
when playing with confidence and
determination. Fernando Santos will have a
hard time justifying why this youngster is not
in the starting lineup on a regular basis.
3- Portugal have a chance to become first Nations League winner
Portugal along with three other sides will vy
to become the first ever UEFA Nations League
Champion in June 2019, as they along with
England, Switzerland and the Netherlands
look to become the first nation to book at place
in the Euro 2020 tournament. Portugal also
looks set to be announced as hosts of the mini
tournament when an official announcement is
made on December 3rd. The cities of Porto and
Guimaraes will host the semi-final games
along with the third place and Championship
Final. The home field advantage and passionate Portuguese fans should motivate the squad
to hoist the Nations Leagues crown.
WRITTEN BY JORGE CORREIA
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