In Episode 60 of the Seleção Podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Tom Kundert of PortuGOAL.net.

They take a look back at the Seleção’s road to Qatar via the playoff, analyse Portugal’s World Cup draw and discuss what the Seleção needs to figure out with their roster between now and the start of the tournament in November. 

 

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Can Portugal win the World Cup? Tom Kundert’s analysis on CNN after qualification was secured.

 

 

Related: World Cup draw pairs Portugal with Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana

Related: Opinion - Positivity for Portugal as World Cup fever heats up

Related: Seleção Podcast: Relief and Redemption

 

 

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Great work - I agree the nations league games will be a good opportunity to build routines and cohesion before the World Cup. At least I hope so! I would like to see inacio, djalo, and Carmo get looks in at CB

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Great podcast guys !!!

Shashank Sekhar
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Always appreciate the work Danny puts into these podcasts. I wish there were more of them as I love talking about Portugal... lol.

If I'm Fernando Santos, I don't even call Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo for these Nations League games. At least, not...

Always appreciate the work Danny puts into these podcasts. I wish there were more of them as I love talking about Portugal... lol.

If I'm Fernando Santos, I don't even call Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo for these Nations League games. At least, not the ones in June. Instead, I throw other players into the frey and see who can deliver. The matches against Spain in particular, are great for testing goalkeepers and defenders.

Joao Cancelo... I still don't get all the adoration around here. I want to see him actually show up for Portugal for once. He's someone who definitively needs to be unlocked by Santos. And if he can't be, either by a tactics change or formation change, then he needs to stay home. Unlike CB, we have riches a plenty in the FB position.

At CB... I look at this like a lottery now. Clearly Jose Fonte is a liability at this point, and the man turns like a tractor trailer, so, at the very least, we need to find a replacement for him. Worst case scenario -- we need to bleed in 3CBs because, as Tom said himself, we can't rely on Pepe for all the games, and, for me personally, I'd rather not rely on Danilo as a principal CB. Emergency CB? OK, no problem. But I believe he's at his best as a DM, and, if my ranting and raving about Bernardo Silva playing centrally has shown you anything, it's that I believe our players need to play in their best positions for us to succeed. Shocking, I know...

We need to see what Goncalo Inacio, Tiago Djalo, David Carmo, etc. can do. Right now. Not SOON... NOW. Now as in next game. Hopefully at least one of them rises to the occasion. If not, keep looking and find ways to be creative. I know some people find it unrealistic that Ezri Konsa would play for Portugal, but I completely disagree. If anything, over this last window, it became more realistic than ever. Portugal qualified for the World Cup and Konsa didn't even get a sniff for England in a couple of friendlies! He's got no chance of featuring for them as is, and Gareth Southgate likes to play with 3 at the back. And Dean Smith, while he was managing Aston Villa 6 months ago even said England could lose Konsa to Portugal if he wasn't called up soon. The FPF were kicking the tires on Matheus Nunes and got him. There are rumours that they've been kicking the tires on Konsa as well. Given the fact that Konsa hasn't ruled anything out, I'd say it's not beyond the realm of possibility here.

And as far as the GKs, I want to see more of both Diogo Costa and Jose Sa. I prefer Sa to be the starter at the moment if I'm honest. I just feel like he has more of an authoritative presence, and, given our issues in defence, we may need that.

Anyway, that's all I've got to say for now. I hope Santos continues to evolve and we start to see the best out of our squad.

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Great podcast, I agree with Tom and Danny about the nations league being used as warmup/tryout for the world cup. The only thing I would add is, We'd like to avoid finishing in last place/4th to avoid getting relegated to the B division. We...

Great podcast, I agree with Tom and Danny about the nations league being used as warmup/tryout for the world cup. The only thing I would add is, We'd like to avoid finishing in last place/4th to avoid getting relegated to the B division. We should be able to do that given our group.

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