Three things we learned about Portugal after Nations League draw against Poland

November 24/18

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.


Crisitiano Ronaldo
Fernando Santos
Bernardo Silva


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