In Episode 56 of the Seleção podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Alex Gonçalves (@aljeeves) of TugaScout.com (@TugaScoutPT) to analyse the call-ups for Portugal’s World Cup playoff. The pair share their thoughts on those unavailable due to injury and those who did not make the squad (including breaking squad news during the episode). 

Danny and Alex also discuss Fernando Santos (his future and legacy) and what the ramifications of Portugal possibly missing the World Cup could be, including what it may mean for Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with the Seleção. 

 

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

 

 

You can also watch the show on YouTube.

 

 

Related: Seleção Podcast - Portugal v Turkey World Cup playoff preview

Related: Fernando Santos announces Portugal’s World Cup playoff squad

 

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Only chance to witness better times soon is not to qualify for Qatar. Otherwise you‘ll enjoy Santos till 2024. Two more wasted years. Nobody would prefer this except Ronaldo.

Rolf Gerber
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Knowing the FPF, we will hire Mourinho as replacement.

Christopher Santos
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The FPF will only consider MoreInYo(Face), if he gets Roma close to relegation.

Paulo
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Ye thats a fair point,but i will be cheering them in till the last second if the game to win ,forcaaaa...

Tomas Sheehan
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Maybe just maybe genius from santos and it pays of if we believe, the 2 lile boys will start like at club level and fucking smash it ...

forcaaaaaaa

Tomas Sheehan
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Unreal pessimism from the Portuguese fans!!! This guy got injured, that guy got injured, suspended, tested positive blah blah... Of course missing some of our key players is a blow. But this allows players who weren't the guaranteed starters to...

Unreal pessimism from the Portuguese fans!!! This guy got injured, that guy got injured, suspended, tested positive blah blah... Of course missing some of our key players is a blow. But this allows players who weren't the guaranteed starters to have a chance and shine at one of the most important pair of matches in the Seleção's history. The training sessions are going to be intense and I hope no one gets injured further. I feel sorry for Turkey but we must qualify for the WC. Same approach when we face either Macedonia or Italy five days later. Força Portugal.

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Nishanth Dsouza
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The driving force for any winning team is its defense. That is our weakness at the moment. To contrast that, the Italians have maybe the best defense in the World. That is why they won the last Euro.
I see us beating the Turks 3-1 and losing to...

The driving force for any winning team is its defense. That is our weakness at the moment. To contrast that, the Italians have maybe the best defense in the World. That is why they won the last Euro.
I see us beating the Turks 3-1 and losing to the Italians 0-2. I do not see us scoring against the Italians especially if they score first off a set piece or against the run of play, which is likely to happen considering our defense.
Fonte and Djalo just are not good enough to hold the line with Cancelo and Mendes/Guerreiro being defensive liabilities. The double pivot will not cover for this either considering that Danilo and William are too slow to cover our flanks. If they attempt to do so, they will be caught out of position by the opposing team's overload onto either side of the pitch. This is what happened against the Germans.
Our midfield options are not defensively sound either especially if Fernandes starts behind the front three with Silva playing out wide.
Jota and Guedes are in form but will have a very hard time servicing the ball to Ronaldo with the Italians probably playing with three centerbacks.
I expect Jota/Guedes and Silva to do everything they can to protect against Italian counters. Whoever starts out of those three will for sure give their all and will most likely be the first to be criticized for not doing enough.
At this point, with this coach's system, I will not and cannot ever criticize Jota or Silva. They always pull more than their fair share.
I do not expect 2026 to be any better frankly. Cancelo, our best player, will be thirty-three and past his prime. It is such a shame that a player of his caliber will never experience a tournament. Whoever made the decision to send him home during the Euros should be fired. If that was Santos and if for nothing else, he should be fired for that decision.

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DanielDaSilva
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Daniel, you're wrong and we will qualify, The three center back system is pretty good but not a good match up vs Portugal and you will see why.
Nishanth , There is a lot of pessimism on this site even though a lot of the people here do...

Daniel, you're wrong and we will qualify, The three center back system is pretty good but not a good match up vs Portugal and you will see why.
Nishanth , There is a lot of pessimism on this site even though a lot of the people here do know there stuff , The writers of the articles are pretty neutral and professional though...

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Gee Dee
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What 3 man defence are you referencing? The Italians? They never played a 3 man defence, in fact, they won the Euro with Portugal's all time favourite formation, the 4-3-3.

They were one of the few teams, along with Portugal, to field a back 4....

What 3 man defence are you referencing? The Italians? They never played a 3 man defence, in fact, they won the Euro with Portugal's all time favourite formation, the 4-3-3.

They were one of the few teams, along with Portugal, to field a back 4. It's why they are so solid defensively.

Back 3's gives you offensive firepower because you can stack more players in midfield or up top, but also mean you're likely going to get scored against.

Turkey also employs a back 4 (in either a 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1), so again, not sure where you got this idea that we are facing a back 3 anywhere.

As for pessimism, you are spot on about Portugoal writing and their neutrality, but as a long time Seleccao fan, I personally have been very frustrated that we were put in this situation due to the FA's hero worship of Santos, when we all know he should've been booted after the Belgium game last summer.

The reality is, it's both Santos and the FA's fault for believing that football doesn't change over 6 years and we can somehow get anywhere with stale tactics from a guy who never knew what offence or proactive football was.

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Chris
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Yes Chris , you are correct, there had been some talk about Italy switching to a back 3 to slow things down in Portugal but if and when they do that , our speedy forwards would take advantage of that formation. If Mancini is wise and doesn't...

Yes Chris , you are correct, there had been some talk about Italy switching to a back 3 to slow things down in Portugal but if and when they do that , our speedy forwards would take advantage of that formation. If Mancini is wise and doesn't panic , he will stick with 4 in the back.

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Gee Dee
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Mancini is indeed wise and likely to stick to the 4-3-3 as it has been working.

The issue for Italy is, on paper at least, they can't sniff the Seleccao on talent, but the great equalizer is we are being coached by a man with dinosaur-age...

Mancini is indeed wise and likely to stick to the 4-3-3 as it has been working.

The issue for Italy is, on paper at least, they can't sniff the Seleccao on talent, but the great equalizer is we are being coached by a man with dinosaur-age philosophy.

That's what makes it such a compelling match, provided we can get past Turkey. If the same team that faced Ireland and Serbia last fall, shows up, say goodbye now, because they ain't going anywhere.

But if Santos can somehow rekindle the spark that led to the inaugural Nations League trophy (Portugal actually played well in 2019), then there is a chance.

But I just don't see it. It would take a massive effort on the part of the players to dig deep and almost ignore tactical instructions from "Pray to Fatima" Fernando.

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Chris
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Just comparing the coaches says it all. Stefan Kuntz is young, good, German… He will exactly know how to approach dinosaur-coached Portugal.

Rolf Gerber
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The only good news from there is that Chiesa and Spinazola, probably the 2 most important players offensively for Mancini and both are injured. They both stretch the game and menace defenses. They also have no like for like with those 2.

Immobile...

The only good news from there is that Chiesa and Spinazola, probably the 2 most important players offensively for Mancini and both are injured. They both stretch the game and menace defenses. They also have no like for like with those 2.

Immobile is fantastic finisher yes but if he doesn't get the ball it wont matter.

Anyhow it doesn't matter at this point just to think about. Lets see how Portugal look v os Turks.

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Val
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Most of us wanted changes after the Serbia match...but it didn't happen and now it's game time...let's get behind the squad while they make us suffer to the end...LET'S GO!!

John
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Even if you don't like Santos, me included, still, let's cheer for the team. A lot of pessimism here indeed. It's as if some are cursing the team to not qualify. At least lets pray that they qualify and if Santos and the team play poorly, then...

Even if you don't like Santos, me included, still, let's cheer for the team. A lot of pessimism here indeed. It's as if some are cursing the team to not qualify. At least lets pray that they qualify and if Santos and the team play poorly, then Santos will definitely resign or be fired.

Qualifying is a must.

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Dhazer
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I’ve said enough on this website which by the way I’m incredibly grateful for because it gives me a place to vent and read your opinions as well. With that being said, I truly believe that Portugal is superior to the other teams based off of...

I’ve said enough on this website which by the way I’m incredibly grateful for because it gives me a place to vent and read your opinions as well. With that being said, I truly believe that Portugal is superior to the other teams based off of talent alone so if they win it won’t be because of santos. At this point let’s just be honest here, if these guys don’t man the f up and play for Portugal then it’s insulting. Most of us always talk about how we wish santos was more progressive and tactical like these other world class club coaches are but at the end of the day, these players should be mentally head strong enough to remember how they play with their own clubs that are lead by the coaches we want. I can only speak for myself but if someone I love and want to impress for whatever reason was watching me play in my 20s(37 now), I’d play my best…these guys have no excuse at this point. Santos can take the blame for tactics once we lose but in all honesty, these guys have way to much experience and talent to lose at home for the World Cup.

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