In Episode 46 of the Seleção podcast, host Danny Pinto and Eric Krakauer of beIN Sports discuss Portugal’s 3-0 victory over Hungary to begin their title defence at EURO 2020.

Danny and Eric dissect Portugal and Fernando Santos’ tactics during the match, which players stood out (both good and bad), respond to listener questions, and preview the Seleção’s second Group F match against Germany. 

 

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Related: Euro 2020: Hungary 0-3 Portugal - Player Ratings

Related: Hungary 0-3 Portugal match reaction

Related: Late flurry gets Portugal off to perfect start at Euro 2020 Hungary 0-3 Germany match report 

 

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Thank the both of you, great listen, fantastic insight. Although will now be nervous while watching from an Australian TV screen at 2am in the morning. Wouldn't miss it for the world.
Not going to comment much as think you covered most expect...

Thank the both of you, great listen, fantastic insight. Although will now be nervous while watching from an Australian TV screen at 2am in the morning. Wouldn't miss it for the world.
Not going to comment much as think you covered most expect about Jota / B Silva.

A huge fan of Jota and has had a great season at Liverpool except perhaps the last month or so. Felt he dropped a fair bit and believe he may be trying to find form again.
Sometimes players need to be benched and subbed on at some point. He pretty much started season at Liverpool from the bench until he convinced Klopp.

As for B Silva, yes he played allot for City this season and had moments of brilliance but he didn't convince me. Thought perhaps it is the quality of players around him at City but not so sure now. Don't get me wrong what a talent and a huge fan but feel he is lacking something maybe passion, desire?

Anyhow once again Thank you both for a great listen.

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My belated two cents: huge result against Hungary the other day. Given the difficulty of this group I would have taken any win at all in that first match, just so long as we started off with 3 points. To win 3-0 (and could easily have been by 2-3...

My belated two cents: huge result against Hungary the other day. Given the difficulty of this group I would have taken any win at all in that first match, just so long as we started off with 3 points. To win 3-0 (and could easily have been by 2-3 goals more) and boost our goal difference in a potentially tight group is fantastic! It's also good that we suffered a bit in the match, with the frustration of missed chances and a stubborn opposition, but got our rewards in the end. Good to suffer a little in the opening games of a tournament, gets the players focused and not complacent for the games that follow.

Germany tomorrow will be a completely different opponent and scenario. As much as they seem to be going through a rather dodgy stage of late, they are still the Germans and will still be dangerous opponents and of course are at home. We will have to be totally focused and near our best to get a positive result. But we need to go into the match in total confidence. We are 3 points ahead and the pressure is on them, they know they simply can't lose again. I think the Germans are strong in midfield with plenty of options there, but they seem suspect at the back and not nearly as lethal in attack as they once were. So we have to take advantage of this and put pressure on that backline of theirs.

I would play the same team as against Hungary, with just the one change: Joao Felix in for Jota. Felix just looks like the kind of forward who can worry that German defence. Jota isn't starting material for the Selecao imo, but just like Rafa Silva, I think he makes a good super sub to bring on in the second half to run at tiring defences. Like others I think Santos got it wrong with playing both Danilo and William against Hungary, who were always going to be sitting back in the match. Nevertheless, I would definitely start both of them again against Germany. In matches against the Germans in previous tournaments (i.e 2012 and 2014) their approach was to outmuscle us with a lot of physical play and will likely try the same approach again tomorrow...so I think that the muscle and physicality that both Danilo and William would offer the CM is essential for this match. Renato can be brought on in the second half to inject some energy and intensity.

As for qualification from the group, I thought before the tournament started and still think now, that I'm not really bothered what position we qualify from, as long as we qualify. Looking at the draw dynamics, on paper it would be better to qualify as one of the best 3rd place teams than to qualify in second place. Second place and we'd likely play England at Wembley. 3rd place and we'd play either Belgium or Holland on a neutral ground. I'd prefer to play Belgium or Holland on a neutral ground than have yet another away match. Winning the group would have the kindest draw in the second round as we'd play a 3rd place team. But honestly, given the difficulty of this group, I just want us to make it out of it, in whatever position. The great thing is that if we do in fact qualify, then we will have done it with a fair amount of suffering, which as I mentioned earlier gives character and resilience to the team (just as we saw back in 2016)..and would bode well for the rest of the tournament.

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