In Episode 53 of the Seleção Podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Tom Kundert, founder of PortuGOAL.net.

They discuss Portugal’s awful 2-1 loss against Serbia which sends Portugal to the World Cup Qualifying playoff. Danny and Tom also share their opinions on why they feel Fernando Santos should be replaced as manager, possible replacements, and if the FPF will actually do it prior to the playoff in March 2022. 

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Related: Portugal 1-2 Serbia match report; Portugal denied by stoppage time winner

Related: Portugal 1-2 Serbia match reaction: “Awful, inadmissible, I can’t explain it”

 

 

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I've tired of crapping on Santos, but am glad that everyone else finally sees what some of us have been saying for over 2 years now.

On to some other points of consideration:

1. Bruno Fernandes.

I love this guy. Was a big fan of his at...

I've tired of crapping on Santos, but am glad that everyone else finally sees what some of us have been saying for over 2 years now.

On to some other points of consideration:

1. Bruno Fernandes.

I love this guy. Was a big fan of his at Udinese, Sporting and Man U. But he's useless at the Seleccao and we have to cut our losses with him, plain and simple. He should not be selected at all or if he is, rides the bench.

Pote should be given the chance to take that role. He is a great goal-scorer, younger and more dynamic than Bruno. Pote with Palhinha behind him and with Renato would be a formidable midfield trident.


2. Phasing out Rui P

Listen, Rui P was been a stud for us for years. But anyone with eyes knows that every single time he heaves the ball up the pitch, it's a guaranteed turnover. He has zero ball distribution skills.

Although he was a disaster against Liverpool, Diogo Costa has been great for Porto this season. He is an incredible shot-stopper, good at organizing the defence, a leader and a good.distributer of the ball. His only issue is he is a lot shorter than Rui P. But he would.also be an upgrade at this point.

3. The 'Ronaldo 90 Rule'

All of Portugal's managers have adopted this rule. Basically, it is the idea that barring injury or suspension, Ronaldo will start and play 90 mins every game. This needs to stop. Rony is our talisman, there is no question. But he should also be made to rotate for both his psychological and physical benefit. The team deserves a chance to build chemistry that is not all centered on Ronaldo's ability to score.

He should also be subbed off at the 60-70 minute mark to freshen his legs. Ronaldo is the best ever, you can't just get rid of that kind of talent, but you can hone and temper it by building with it and not solely around it.

4. New CB's

We need to introduce some new blood into the CB role. I liked Domingos Duarte but he seems to have disappeared. Inacio is flourishing in Sporting. Quaresma and David Carmo.are.decent at Braga. We need a proper deputy to Pepe and Ruben Dias. Fonte is a bench player and slotting Danilo in the back 4 is NOT a solution.

5. No more out of position bullcrap

No more Danilo at CB. No more Bernardo as right winger. No more Joao Mario on the left. Players need to be part of a system that promotes their natural ability and doesn't make them uncomfortable. You want guys to press? Have them press in a correct positional sense. Don't have Bernardo on the wings and having to track back to cover for Cancelo.

These are just my 2 cents of some of the bigger problems on the Seleccao that need addressing. Cheers.

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Finally someone else touches on Patricio’s distribution, it is really shocking how often we turn the ball over when it’s coming from him.

Inacio should be ready to start in the XI very soon. He’s also very quick for a CB and can compensate for...

Finally someone else touches on Patricio’s distribution, it is really shocking how often we turn the ball over when it’s coming from him.

Inacio should be ready to start in the XI very soon. He’s also very quick for a CB and can compensate for Ruben’s lack of pace.

Agreed and well-said Chris!

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I think I always noticed during his time at Wolves but didn't put 2 & 2 together for the Seleccao until you mentioned it.

I think it's because Santos has no gameplan so I'm not expecting Rui to launch and good passes. But exactly as you say, he...

I think I always noticed during his time at Wolves but didn't put 2 & 2 together for the Seleccao until you mentioned it.

I think it's because Santos has no gameplan so I'm not expecting Rui to launch and good passes. But exactly as you say, he always heaves the ball up field and always comes back to him in the form of an attack.

He's a solid GK and along with Eder, won us the Euro in 2016. But for regular games, he can be a liability.

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Amen

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Great Post Chris! Time for logic again, since listening to Santos spew pure non-sense hurts my already over taxed brain.

Forgive me in advance if I go nutty here...
Trying to give consideration to Santo's logic is causing my mind numbing...

Great Post Chris! Time for logic again, since listening to Santos spew pure non-sense hurts my already over taxed brain.

Forgive me in advance if I go nutty here...
Trying to give consideration to Santo's logic is causing my mind numbing confusion.

Agreed on Rui, he hurts us in the modern game, we get pressed until he heaves it forward, no way to retain the ball. Two Left feet.

On CB's:

I would go to a back three( and not in a middle of a game because you don't know how to play defense).

My logic( or lack thereof) is that we have CB's that match Portugal's technical background. Good with ball at there feet, good passers.

But we are lacking dominating 1 on 1 defensive CB's. So the solution is to add one more.

Too defensive? No, because with the CB's we have, they can bomb forward into space. It causes the other teams defense to be unbalanced as they pick up the CB, who will be a decent passer. And it can come from either side or the middle. Couple of examples, in the Confederations cup Pepe charging forward to get into the box and get the winning goal.

Watch Djalo from Lille( in a back two formation) charge all the way up to the edge of the box. The other team was unsure who should get him.

Also, both Dias and Pepe are great passers from deep.

Here are some players who could fit this role:

Dias, Pepe, Danilo

Djalo, better than Fonte already, need experience however, played full-back. Good dribbler for a big man.

Diogo Leite, good with ball at feet, good passer, already knows how to exploit space.

Ruben Vezo, good speed and agility, lacking in size and strength, used to get beat often in corners, but not such a liability with other strong defenders. Played fullback.

Inacio, already plays in back three, has all the attributes needed. Just needs NT high pressure experience, only one way to get it, trial by fire.

Eduardo Queresma, similar to Inacio in that played in back three and has all attributes

Duarte, not sure about him in back three, I will defer judgement, haven't seen enough.

Carmo, looked promising, have to see how he comes back from injury.

Paulo Oliveira, would work, just don't think he is good enough.

Diogo Quieros, great for youth sides, leader and got header goals. However, senior club career is yet to go anywhere. Maybe needs to develop more, or may never get there.

Ruben Semedo, has all attributes, except makes poor decisions, both in timing and positioning. Great athlete. But you need to be smart in playing CB.

Any others I missed?

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Once we have a 3 CB line up, we can finally take advantage of the NT's strength, our Wing-Backs(we don't really have full-backs).

By the way, if Nani or even Figo were to start their careers today, they would probably be converted to...

Once we have a 3 CB line up, we can finally take advantage of the NT's strength, our Wing-Backs(we don't really have full-backs).

By the way, if Nani or even Figo were to start their careers today, they would probably be converted to wing-backs. The 4-4-2 winger is mostly gone.

We can let Cancelo loose to create. Look at the what he does with freedom at Man City.

Ricardo, wasn't a forward because of lack of size, but man can he attack. His juke on Moutinho to beat two Wolves players for an assist (early in this season) was just nasty!

Rafa G., lacks size for defense but knows how to move and get into the right places for offense. Much better further forward.

Semedo, not as good attacking as those above , but definitely better in offense than defense.

Dalot, like Semedo, better going forward.

Nuno Mendes, has the potential to be a great wing-back. We will have to see.

Nuno Tavares, also has very good potential.

Joao Mario, was an attacker, now a wing back, great speed. Better used closer to goal.

Diogo Gonçalves, another winger who became wing back.

Francisco Moura, my dark horse pick. I know Braga got thrashed by Benfica this year, but the same game last year, before his knee injury, he torched Benfica for two goals. Hopefully, he comes back strong from injury and keeps developing.

And I am sure this list goes on with younger and also experienced players.

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@Paulo: I totally agree with your argumentation. But it's even more frustrating we will never see this happen.

-------------------Costa--------------------
------------Djalo Dias Inacio------------
Cancelo-------------------------Mendes
---------...

@Paulo: I totally agree with your argumentation. But it's even more frustrating we will never see this happen.

-------------------Costa--------------------
------------Djalo Dias Inacio------------
Cancelo-------------------------Mendes
------------Palhinha Sanches-----------
------------------Bernardo-----------------
-----------Neto--------------Leão---------

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I think you hit the nail on the head with this lineup @Rolf
Neto and Leão would be menacing up top. Maybe even Félix for Leão, I know a lot of people aren’t fans of him, but in his brief introduction to the game yesterday, I thought he was...

I think you hit the nail on the head with this lineup @Rolf
Neto and Leão would be menacing up top. Maybe even Félix for Leão, I know a lot of people aren’t fans of him, but in his brief introduction to the game yesterday, I thought he was pretty good. He made a solid solo run and held off a few defenders. He’s been playing quite well since coming back from injury and got himself the atleti player of the month for October. I’m nervous to see how Neto will be once he’s back. It was a terrible injury and happened at a huge developmental time in his young career. Had it not happened, I think he was on track to win young PL player of the year.

The back five and tactic with it deployed yesterday was quite literally the exact opposite way we would’ve wanted it to. Yay - finally we briefly saw that back 3/5 that we wanted, but damn, Santos’ could not have got it any more wrong.

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If this is a post Pepe and Ronaldo world, otherwise, both will be in the line up.

In a perfect world the left wing back should be Concelo, and the right Ricardo.

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Paulo, word on the street is that Ruben Semedo is coming to Porto in January.

Under the tutelage of Pepe and a good defensive manager like Conceicao, he may actually improve a lot. Let's see what happens.

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Ruben Semedo has all the technical and athletic attributes. If his decision making could improve, then that would be great.

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Better be careful Chris, you will be labelled a anti-bandwagon person or accused as frothing at the mouth.

Yes all good points just wanted to add Andre Silva is a #9, NOT a winger Mr Santos. Guedes seems to be the new whipping boy (ala Eder) and...

Better be careful Chris, you will be labelled a anti-bandwagon person or accused as frothing at the mouth.

Yes all good points just wanted to add Andre Silva is a #9, NOT a winger Mr Santos. Guedes seems to be the new whipping boy (ala Eder) and yet Guedes shows up every match and plays a direct game. When has Bruno shown up? Felix? Jota?

Guedes has 6 goals for Selecao in his very limited role. Andre Silva has 19.

People tend to forget why Portugal won Euro 2016, apart from Eder heroics it was Moutinho, Joao Mario, Adrien Silva, Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches bossing the midfield.

Bruno couldn’t boss Justin Bieber.

I have made the Santos out chant very clear and am also sick of saying it so i dont think the FPF have the cajones to fire him so we are stuck and thats that. Garbage football, no press, no dynamic play and worst of all (outside of Renato, Rueben and Palinha) no passion.

This Portugal is sick and has been since the Nations league. Unless changes are made Portugal will remain a boring, directionless mess crashing out in round of 16’s.

If you are a fan and didn’t see this coming, its cool you were just being optimistic and loyal BUT or a reporter or an analyst and this is your job how in the hell didn’t you see this coming? And yet 95% of the Portugal posters did? Yah…

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@RolfGerber
That is an absolutely filthy lineup. I would love to see that win or lose.

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I just rewatched the match. The result would've been different had Pepe played. I hate to think that this is our future once he retires.

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Why can't our players hold on to the ball except maybe Bernardo? Or is it that players are not complying with Santos' methods? Portugal arent capable of playing defensive football. That's not in their DNA. Portugal need a coach who sets the team...

Why can't our players hold on to the ball except maybe Bernardo? Or is it that players are not complying with Santos' methods? Portugal arent capable of playing defensive football. That's not in their DNA. Portugal need a coach who sets the team up to play proactive football.

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The FPF won't change manager. They are the most responsible for this mess. It pains me to say it, but I think we need a disaster in order to reset and start again. You can look at Italy after missing out on WC2018. The demand and attention to...

The FPF won't change manager. They are the most responsible for this mess. It pains me to say it, but I think we need a disaster in order to reset and start again. You can look at Italy after missing out on WC2018. The demand and attention to things should have augmented after winning in Euro 2016, instead they have spent 5 years congratulating themselves.

If we keep Fernando Santos it's over.

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You are not alone in those thoughts Christopher. When Serbia scored first thing I thought was TOMA, thats what you get.

Unfortunately they did nothing and kept Santos. Reminds me of that meme where the cartoon dog is sipping coffee while the...

You are not alone in those thoughts Christopher. When Serbia scored first thing I thought was TOMA, thats what you get.

Unfortunately they did nothing and kept Santos. Reminds me of that meme where the cartoon dog is sipping coffee while the world burns around him and he says "this is fine" with a dopey smile on his face. That pretty much sums up the FPF.

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