In Episode 51 of the Seleção Podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Matthew Marshall from PortuGOAL.net, as they discuss the Seleção’s 5-0 victory versus Luxembourg, which keeps Portugal in control of their destiny towards direct qualification for World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Inevitably, Cristiano Ronaldo’s failure to kick his habit of setting records galore is another topic of conversation, but João Palhinha taking over the midfield, Bruno Fernandes as a #10, and much more comes under the microscope. 

 

To listen to the podcast click on the Play button below:

 

 

Here is the link to Matthew’s piece on Fernando Santos, as discussed in the interview: Opinion - Standing up for Fernando Santos - Breaking down the Bandwagon

 


 

Related: Ronaldo hat-trick as Portugal beat Luxembourg 5-0 in the World Cup qualifiers

Related: Portugal 3-0 Qatar - Diogo Costa, Matheus Nunes & Rafael Leão make their Seleção debuts

 

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Great podcast. Bruno fernandes as a number 10 might work against lower level teams but we’ve yet to see him flourish in that role for Portugal against top sides. We aren’t able to control the midfield.

I agree 100 percent about Palhinha being...

Great podcast. Bruno fernandes as a number 10 might work against lower level teams but we’ve yet to see him flourish in that role for Portugal against top sides. We aren’t able to control the midfield.

I agree 100 percent about Palhinha being key and his importance in the squad. Ronaldo is Ronaldo nothing to add further there. Leao denfitely is an exciting prospect and a great addition to the squad.

Two topics I think are important : the midfield selections are clearly better. Joao Mario should have been called the euros but unfortunately he wasn’t wearing a red club jersey at the time. He has been generally playing well for the national team and really he always seemed consistent for
Them. Matheus Nunes is also a great addition to the squad.

The two main selection errors that cemented our early exit from the euros: cancelo injury and not finding the right midfield balance. We also had a
Lack of wingers who can unlock defenses with their dribbling ability which is where leaos emergence sure helps.

If Joao Felix and Sanches can return to form (Felix has played good in recent games) then we will be even stronger .

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I dont know who you are sir but stealing Z's account and then posting coherent and intelligent commentary is not cool.

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“It was a spur of the moment thing. Ronaldo laughed, it was a joke. It showed the warmth and spirit of friendship we have in the squad.”

João Palhinha
(Portugal midfielder on his "Ronaldo" celebration after scoring for Portugal against Luxembourg) 

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