In Episode 41, host Danny Pinto is joined by the founder of TugaScout, Alex Gonçalves. Although 7 points from three matches sees Portugal top World Cup Qualifying Group A, the pod looks back on an underwhelming performance by the Seleção as the European champions began their “Road to Qatar”. 

Among the topics discussed: Why does Portugal struggle in qualifying? Why isn’t VAR/goal-line technology being used? Fernando Santos: Style versus Results. Nuno Mendes’ emergence. Pepe’s absence. Should CR7 be playing 90 minutes? The revolving door in midfield. Is Diogo Jota now a lock in the starting XI?

Plenty to analyse. Imagine if Portugal had lost a game?! 

To listen to the podcast click on the play button below.

 

 

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Excellent podcast boyos. My only input is in regards to the revolving door in midfield. I think it’s clear that JOÃO PALHINHA needs to start .

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Great podcast.

A big question with the talent in midfield we have is rather whether we should be altering tactics and william once again becomes the deep sitter with 2 creative attacking midfields with bernardo and bruno or bruno and renato...

Great podcast.

A big question with the talent in midfield we have is rather whether we should be altering tactics and william once again becomes the deep sitter with 2 creative attacking midfields with bernardo and bruno or bruno and renato or....i was watching dortmund and guerreiro is no longer playing left back with them but rather apart of a midfield 3 on the left but he was almost operating as a 10 at some points...and doing it well....we could operate with 4 very fluid attacking/pure midfielders and 2 attackers...probably in a false 9 formation...we saw the u21s do it and we similiarly have the same profile of players. If you ask me, the current generation in the senor side and those coming through at u21 resemble more of a Spain then per say a France with more technical then physical players. Food for thought.

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There is no way a fit ricardo gets left out over cedric or an inform semedo....thats just silly.

A little too add.

Patricio

Cancelo dias pepe mendes
William
B.silva guerreiro/sanches

Ronaldo ...

There is no way a fit ricardo gets left out over cedric or an inform semedo....thats just silly.

A little too add.

Patricio

Cancelo dias pepe mendes
William
B.silva guerreiro/sanches

Ronaldo b.fernandes jota

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At the VERY least there should have been goal line technology in this day and age. VAR I understand to a degree may not be available everywhere, but at the very least surely there should be goal line in all UEFA/FIFA/CONNEBOL etc sanctioned...

At the VERY least there should have been goal line technology in this day and age. VAR I understand to a degree may not be available everywhere, but at the very least surely there should be goal line in all UEFA/FIFA/CONNEBOL etc sanctioned matches. Ridiculous

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