In episode 62 of the Seleção podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Eric “The Portuguese Hammer” Vieira (@HammerEV) to look back on Portugal’s 1-1 draw away to Spain in the opening group match of the Nations League.

Danny and Eric discuss Portugal’s tactical and lineup choices for the match, Bruno Fernandes’ ongoing struggles in a Seleção shirt, and Portugal’s difficulty in finding consistency as a team. 

And there is AWAY World Cup jersey talk, as well! 

 

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Related: Portugal steal a point in Sevilla, Spain 1-1 Portugal match report 

 

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How on earth is that Spain goal not an offside??????

Alex NYC
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Alex, I might be wrong but the Spanish player advancing with the ball was ahead of both Portuguese defenders so Morata who received the pass and scored does not need to be behind the defenders. Morata was level with his own player who had the...

Alex, I might be wrong but the Spanish player advancing with the ball was ahead of both Portuguese defenders so Morata who received the pass and scored does not need to be behind the defenders. Morata was level with his own player who had the ball.

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John Senos
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Sloppy game overall -bad passing. Alot of balloon passes and crosses to one another (balls hanging in the air -allowing defenders to be right on top of the player receiving the ball) What is it with our Portuguese goalies, Diego taking...

Sloppy game overall -bad passing. Alot of balloon passes and crosses to one another (balls hanging in the air -allowing defenders to be right on top of the player receiving the ball) What is it with our Portuguese goalies, Diego taking lessons from Rui? Constantly kicking the ball out of bounds or making passes to our players which are difficult to handle. Stop launching the ball. Its an automatic loss of possession. And how is Moutinho on the field? back to back late fouls resulting in direct kicks outside the 18. And on that Spain goal, he was too slow to track back. Rafael Leao was a disappointment too. But I was glad to see him play at least. Congrats to Horta.

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John Senos
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If that’s the actual away jersey it’s pretty terrible and uninspiring.

As for the game, while Leao’s finishing was woeful, I felt he was still able to use his speed to good effect. He needs to improve his decision-making but overall I was still...

If that’s the actual away jersey it’s pretty terrible and uninspiring.

As for the game, while Leao’s finishing was woeful, I felt he was still able to use his speed to good effect. He needs to improve his decision-making but overall I was still encouraged by the performance and his ability to get open. I feel we have a lot of pace up front with Jota and Leao which could make for sell deadly counterattacking.

Cancelo continues to be the most impressive player on the pitch for me.

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IC
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What did you expect? Nothing changes under Santos. Not worth a discussion anymore, this coach is crap. Luis Enrique is the pure opposite. He’d never field a Bruno. Enrique is a COACH, Santos is NOT. Enrique builds a team, Santos just calls up on...

What did you expect? Nothing changes under Santos. Not worth a discussion anymore, this coach is crap. Luis Enrique is the pure opposite. He’d never field a Bruno. Enrique is a COACH, Santos is NOT. Enrique builds a team, Santos just calls up on names. Etc, it‘s endless.
Player assessment: Bruno is a stinker. Get him out of the National Team. Field Mateus Nunes or Renato instead. Cancelo is no defender. Use him as wingback in a 343, as mid in a 442, or as winger in a 433.. But NEVER as fullback. Otavio is here to stay. Guedes has more impact than most pundits here credit him. Moutinho is too old to start. Bernardo should try to play Pirlo. Andre Silva is better 9 than Ronaldo.
It is not about fielding the best players, it is about building a team. Ask the Germans or Spanish how this works. But don‘t ask Santos, he has no clue, no guts, no plan. He has only cogarettes, nervosity and more of the same to offer. It is depressing, it is a disaster.

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Rolf Gerber
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Great podcast , I agree with the sentiments about Bruno Fernandes. I'm ready to give him a little more time, but my fear with him is that he's a great compiler of stats(that mostly come against bad and mediocre teams)that he can't get things...

Great podcast , I agree with the sentiments about Bruno Fernandes. I'm ready to give him a little more time, but my fear with him is that he's a great compiler of stats(that mostly come against bad and mediocre teams)that he can't get things done against top teams(This also seems to be the case for him with Man U)I love the new away jersey. It will look very classic with either the dark blue or the white shorts.

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Gee Dee
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It was a frustrating game, but, all things considered, not a bad result at all. We didn’t field our best side, and neither did Spain. Their midfield was missing Rodri, Thiago, and Pedri.

The biggest difference between us and our neighbours is...

It was a frustrating game, but, all things considered, not a bad result at all. We didn’t field our best side, and neither did Spain. Their midfield was missing Rodri, Thiago, and Pedri.

The biggest difference between us and our neighbours is that they have a clear identity. 15 years later and with a much weaker team, they are still able to control matches with their possession and press based style. Looking beyond the sloppy passing, there were moments of positivity though.

I thought Leao looked pretty great. He lost the ball stupidly a few times and should’ve had a couple of goals perhaps, but he got into some pretty dangerous positions. All he was missing was the end product in the final third. It sounds silly to say because goals win you games, but it took him time to find it at Milan, I have no doubt that he will find his footing with the Seleçao. Azpilicueta is a top defender, Leao was giving him a headache all night long. Leao thrives with an attacking fullback so he can cut inside a bit. Guerreiro and Mendes are both great options to compliment him. I think he deserves another start. Our most promising attacking moments came through Leao, he’s one of the few players on this team that is explosive and can beat people 1-on-1 pretty easily.

There are very few players that have been in the Seleçao recently that can consistently beat a man. Bernardo, Leao, Guedes, Neto, Renato, Felix. Let me know if I’ve missed some. Fab Carvalho would be a valuable call-up next time around. Extremely talented player.

I’m not sure what the issue is with Bruno. He’s so capable and such a talented footballer. I’m just not sure where he fits in our team at the moment and his performances for the most part have been disappointing. Loving Bernardo in CM though. What a treat to watch. His best performances for city this season (Chelsea and Liverpool matches) came in CM with Rodri in the double pivot. The days of having him lost out on the right wind are behind us I think, although, he can still be effective there.

I thought Danilo was pretty ok. He made some important interceptions and tackles, and is very good on the ball. He’s not my first choice on CB, but I would take him over Fonte at this moment in time. The good thing about the tournament is that we are going to see lots of changes in the lineups. Hopefully we’ll see everybody play at some point and it can help us get closer to some conclusions.

Diogo Costa is a great gk. I’m excited for what he’ll bring us for years to come. He’s shakey at times, but let’s not forget he’s only 22. His distribution alone warrants him a starting spot IMO. Patricio and Sá might be be better shot stoppers (of that I’m not even entirely convinced) but having a keeper that is good on the ball is so important in the modern game (he wasn’t great by his own standards tonight though). He made some important runs outside of the box, reminds me of young Neuer at times.

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Ricardo Horta
(Portugal’s goalscoring substitute after 1-1 draw against Spain in Seville in the Nations League) 

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