Portugal are World Cup Bound!!! 

In Episode 59 of the Seleção podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Marc Lewis, a football commentator for ESPN.

They review Portugal’s 2-0 victory over North Macedonia at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto that clinched the Seleção’s place in Qatar. 

Also up for discussion:

- Could this be remembered as the “Bruno Fernandes Game” and how it was a turning point in his Portugal career; 

- How Portugal have proven that they are more than simply Cristiano Ronaldo; 

- The influence of Pepe.

Marc also gives his thoughts on whether Fernando Santos should continue on as Portugal manager (his answer may surprise many!!!), and tells us how he made his journey from Madeira to South Africa before calling Eindhoven home. 

 

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Related: Portugal deny “giant-killers” to qualify for 2022 World Cup

 

 

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This was a good line up that Santos put out. It showed why Bruno needs to play in that attacking midfield role. That is his best position. B. Silva should be be playing in the same role but I think he can adapt much better than Bruno playing from...

This was a good line up that Santos put out. It showed why Bruno needs to play in that attacking midfield role. That is his best position. B. Silva should be be playing in the same role but I think he can adapt much better than Bruno playing from the other midfield positions. The issue was definitely getting going on midfield consistently. I think they need to either play someone like Paulinha and/or Renato Sanches to compliment Bruno's and B. Silva's style.

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Sam Costa
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Renato needs to stay fit. If he does he's a lock in midfield.

Christopher Santos
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I appreciate Danny making the case for a new manager but there is absolutely no way they are getting rid of Santos at this point. I'm not even sure he is guaranteed to be gone after Qatar if we make it past the first round....

BennyFromBrooklyn
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That was a good discussion. I like Marc's point about a potential new coach having a excuse for failure , but I like Danny don't agree with it.

If the Selecao had a demonstrated cohesion and identity, then I think that it would be risk like...

That was a good discussion. I like Marc's point about a potential new coach having a excuse for failure , but I like Danny don't agree with it.

If the Selecao had a demonstrated cohesion and identity, then I think that it would be risk like Marc said that the new manager could just say, you brought me in to a bad system, it will take time for my ideas.

However, since no one knows the identity of the team, it is real easy at this point for a new coach to set something up. He gets to call the players he wants and set up the game plans and idenity of the team.

Also, if someone came in now, they would still have the nations league to build his team.

Finally, a new coach hopefully would let Ronaldo know he can't have 90 minutes if it hurts the team. Santos will not do that, because if he loses Ronaldo's support, he would have a lot of pressure to resign. A new coach would be expected to build for the future and could pull it off.

That being said, I don't see how Santos leaves.

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Paulo
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@Paulo: yes this is the sad truth.

Rolf Gerber
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Jota should be playing where Ronaldo plays and Leao should be playing where Jota plays. This is such bs that this WC will be all about Ronnie being properly sent off into the sunset, until he turns around and ambushes us again with his decision...

Jota should be playing where Ronaldo plays and Leao should be playing where Jota plays. This is such bs that this WC will be all about Ronnie being properly sent off into the sunset, until he turns around and ambushes us again with his decision to stay until 2026. Figo and Costa were never treated like this!

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