In Episode 66 of the Seleção Podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by PortuGOAL founder Tom Kundert.

Danny and Tom discuss Rafa Silva’s surprise retirement from the Seleção, Portugal’s roster for the final two matches of Nations League group play, and whether the squad will mostly be the same one we’ll see at the World Cup in Qatar two months from now. 

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Related: Rafa Silva announces international retirement two months ahead of World Cup

Related: Portugal break with tradition as World Cup 2022 kits are unveiled

Related: Pedro Neto and Tiago Djaló recalled into Portugal squad for Nations League deciders

Related: The Seleção Podcast - “El Caso Figo” Netflix documentary directors David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas

 

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Great podcast guys. Hopefully the strange or "ugly" kits are good luck for the national team. Here in the states we've had many instances where teams with strange uniforms or kits performed very well. The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates are probably the...

Great podcast guys. Hopefully the strange or "ugly" kits are good luck for the national team. Here in the states we've had many instances where teams with strange uniforms or kits performed very well. The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates are probably the best example of that. They looked like they were wearing children's pajamas.

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Gee Dee
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Great podcast! Indeed the squad looks good on paper. And I very very much agree with the citation from Nathan Motz's article: It is believe that you can make it. But not the fake-believe you express in press conferences. It is the real believe...

Great podcast! Indeed the squad looks good on paper. And I very very much agree with the citation from Nathan Motz's article: It is believe that you can make it. But not the fake-believe you express in press conferences. It is the real believe that comes from deep inside you. If you had to abandon everything a coach could give to a team except one thing, what would you leave there? Believe. It is the manager's task foster that, to plant it in the players minds and hearts and to grow it. This is an ability Santos completely lost. Look at the nervous wreck he is on the sideline., look at his body language: hesitation, insecure, fear, doubt... that is what he spreads all over. This guy should grow believe in the players? come on..

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Rolf Gerber
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Even though I doubt we will see it, I would love to see Santos experiment with Cancelo operating in midfield rather than at right-back. He's become a world-class player under Pep at Man City and anyone who watches them regularly would know that...

Even though I doubt we will see it, I would love to see Santos experiment with Cancelo operating in midfield rather than at right-back. He's become a world-class player under Pep at Man City and anyone who watches them regularly would know that he's role in that team goes beyond what you'd expect to see from an elite, attack-minded fullback.

He's essentially a hybrid between a wingback and a defensive midfielder but when we see him play for Portgual he is always operating as a right back in a back four. He's the best 1v1 player we have in our entire squad, but when playing in a back four in what's likely going to be a defensive set up against decent sides, we will pretty much be wasting his talent.

Dalot has been in excellent form this season under ten Hag. Play him at right back and move Cancelo up to the midfield with Bernardo, Neves, and one of William or Vitinha. Again, I doubt we will see it but I think giving him more touches in dangerous positions of the pitch would allow him to dominate.

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jon/usa
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Great podcast, I know we all like to play the coach on the sofa role but imo this is how we need to play. It’s going to be similar to man city and United.

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Leao Bruno Neto

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Great podcast, I know we all like to play the coach on the sofa role but imo this is how we need to play. It’s going to be similar to man city and United.

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Leao Bruno Neto

Neves Bernardo

Nuno Dias Pepe Cancelo

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If that 11 can gel, I truly believe they can beat anybody on any given day. The key with that lineup and players chosen is WE HAVE TO TAKE THE GAME TO THE OTHER TEAM!! There’s no time to be tentative and soak up pressure like we usually do because the odds are always against you when you do that, especially when you play good teams. We can’t expect to soak up pressure and counter against these great teams because if you give teams enough chances to score…guess what they’ll usually score. The true believing mindset that Nathan is referring to starts with trying to ACTUALLY WIN THE GAME. What’s great is how much depth we have at each position too, there’s guys that I could swap easily and we wouldn’t skip a beat.

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Justin/rochester
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Jon , I've been the only one on here for over a year now that's been saying that Cancelo should play at left back like he does when he's playing for Man City. Tom Kundert was the only person on here who agreed that this would be a good idea as I...

Jon , I've been the only one on here for over a year now that's been saying that Cancelo should play at left back like he does when he's playing for Man City. Tom Kundert was the only person on here who agreed that this would be a good idea as I recall. When he's on the left he's more of a scoring threat coming forward. I think that having him in the midfield is out of the question at this point , but he could be a wingback if we ever went with 3 in the back. A back 3 of Pepe Dias Dalot with Nuno Mendes and Cancelo at the wingbacks is also an enticing option.

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Gee Dee
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We need Renato in the squad

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