In Episode 67 of the Seleção Podcast, host Danny Pinto is joined by Matthew Marshall of PortuGOAL.net, who was in attendance covering Portugal’s 4-0 victory in Prague against the Czech Republic and 1-0 defeat in the group-deciding Nations League loss to Spain in Braga. 

Danny and Matthew discussed, among other things, how and why Fernando Santos has lasted so long as Portugal’s manager, if Portugal’s approach to the Nations League has had a negative effect on the adaptation of the younger players to the senior squad and whether Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence on the Seleção is hurting more than helping the cause right now. 

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Related: Portugal’s UEFA Nations League campaign ends in Braga after a 1-0 defeat to Spain

Related: Portugal vs Spain - Player Ratings

Related: Fernando Santos: “The players and I end this game devastated”

 

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Honestly Fernando Santos has not learned that playing for ties or playing the way we did vs spain in the second half were we let them have the ball.we know spain play possion and 1st half we created chance by pressing them and having pressure...

Honestly Fernando Santos has not learned that playing for ties or playing the way we did vs spain in the second half were we let them have the ball.we know spain play possion and 1st half we created chance by pressing them and having pressure they gave the ball up and we just didn't convert we have a plethora of players that we can compete with the best in the world but needs to be with someone else at the helm even though nuno Mendes played his best match for portugal I've seen him play why was not dalot on right cancelo on left which I believe should the are backs also Raphael leao on the bench why and then u bring him in for 12 minutes or so not giving him time to get the flow of the game which that boy should be a starter against any one . Now my anger with this team and this coach why is Joao Mario even on this team why I am a benfica fan and don't get what they see in him to bring to national team he is good for benfica and yes he was on the euro team so was andre gomes but he now in lile trying to find his form this might be not nice but hope Joao Mario statrs playing bad or gets injured so he doesn't go to Qatar I don't want to see him and if u see what Santos said after the game his reason for bring in Joao Mario was to get control of ball and have possession ? ? it was the opposite I cry and get mad for this team I love being pourtugese but someone please with such talent being wasted with this coach and his system someone needs to take a look at long picture and see are we gonna be the almost or the team that does it to do it u need everything to go right and with Santos to many of the same mistakes being made makes me wonder wtf

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Ricky Almeida
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If Santos' Spanish opposite makes major changes at the 60 min mark, and they start paying off, and Santos sat on his hands for 13 min before even making one change (a pointless one too) -- then HE WAS OUTCOACHED... and we all know that wasn't the...

If Santos' Spanish opposite makes major changes at the 60 min mark, and they start paying off, and Santos sat on his hands for 13 min before even making one change (a pointless one too) -- then HE WAS OUTCOACHED... and we all know that wasn't the first time. Unacceptable.
Portugal has enough trouble beating mid-tier challengers, and it's like a miracle when they can even tie top teams (even when they turn out to be beatable & overrated, i.e. Spain, Germany, France who regularly lose to mediocre opponents these days.

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F.C.JCHarvard
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Danny, gotta say, brilliant job articulating how fed up most if not all Seleccao fans are with this pathetic manager.

The FPF is equally responsible and sadly they will still likely keep Santos until 2024.

Matthew, the excuses for Santos.......

Danny, gotta say, brilliant job articulating how fed up most if not all Seleccao fans are with this pathetic manager.

The FPF is equally responsible and sadly they will still likely keep Santos until 2024.

Matthew, the excuses for Santos.... Not surprised, but at the same time, you blamed the fans for negative attitude, you blamed the players for not 'moving forward' when Santos yelled at them, you blame the FPF (rightly so), and then you blamed the Nation's League format.

Santos is too old, the players don't listen to him... I ask this honestly, is he not responsible for any of this?

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Chris
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Santos WAS OUTCOACHED by his Spanish opposite. Period. Unacceptable coaching. To see his opposite make changes that delivered a tide change in the 2nd half, and only respond after 13 min with a pointless change of his own proves Santos' inadequacy.

F.C.JCHarvard
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Great podcast again but I have to disagree with Matt Marshall that Santos is 100% predictable. He did play against Turkey and North Macedonia without a single pivot which shocked everyone and now he reverts back to the double pivot. It's the FPF...

Great podcast again but I have to disagree with Matt Marshall that Santos is 100% predictable. He did play against Turkey and North Macedonia without a single pivot which shocked everyone and now he reverts back to the double pivot. It's the FPF who is too predictable. They should fire Santos , who cares about short notice, bring in a coach that is attack-minded and knows how to play with 3 in the back.

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Gee Dee
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Enrique must be a big Muhammad Ali fan for he "roped-a-doped" us today, and oh boy were we the dopes running around aimless like chickens with their heads cut off. What was it out there? 100 percent humidity. Guys were bleeding through their...

Enrique must be a big Muhammad Ali fan for he "roped-a-doped" us today, and oh boy were we the dopes running around aimless like chickens with their heads cut off. What was it out there? 100 percent humidity. Guys were bleeding through their shirts with a thirty-seven year old infant constantly pooping his pants. Frankly, we could have eleven prime Eusebios and we would still lose one nil to Spain. It is going to be a real shame when we go 1-1-1 in groups and face off against Brazil. Maybe Abel Ferreira will be coaching by then and will slip some of his game plan under the rug. But you can most certainly bet that Santos, even with Ferreira's game plan in hand, will play the double pivot with William and Neves, Bernardo out wide, Ronaldo for ninety-eight minutes, and Danilo as a centerback. I am not even going to hate on Cancelo. Dalot is the better option right now. See what a difference a good coach makes! Let us be the first to hire a Dutchman as coach!!!

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Dan DaSilva
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There aren't any more excuses. Santos has long overstayed his welcome and he is now solely responsible for wasting the deepest generation of talent the Seleção has ever had. Many called for his head after the 2018 world cup but I could understand...

There aren't any more excuses. Santos has long overstayed his welcome and he is now solely responsible for wasting the deepest generation of talent the Seleção has ever had. Many called for his head after the 2018 world cup but I could understand why the FPF decided to give him a chance given what happened two years earlier. The nations league win gave him even more time, but he most certainly should have been let go after the Euros.

What we saw against Spain was eerily similar to the debacle we witnessed at home to Serbia. Sure you can't blame him for Ronaldo and Jota not finishing their chances (more on Ronaldo to come) but at the 60 minute mark, Lucho Enrique made changes that reinvigorated his side - Santos watching his team get out run and out played did...nothing. We cowered deep in our own half, holding on for dear life AT HOME vs a Spain side that we are much better than on paper. It was embarrassing, perhaps even more so than the loss vs Serbia.

He has to go. Hire someone new - preferably a foreign coach with a proven track record of playing proactive, attacking football.

As for Ronaldo. He was off the pace against the Czech republic, sloppy on the ball, fluffing his lines when in shooting positions, etc and things weren't much better today. Perhaps it's a lack of preseason training, maybe it's that he is lacking confidence, or maybe he's just no longer the Ronaldo of 10 years ago (or even 2 years ago).

At the 60 minute mark he was clearly gassed, but everyone in the world watching that game knew that there was no way in hell Santos was going to pull him off. If he thinks he can play every minute of every game at this stage in his career, then it's best if we don't call him up at all. His in the box movement is still superb and there isn't anyone else in world football i would want to crosses at in do or die situations but his all around game is now super limited. Either accept a more limited role on the squad or stay home.

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jon/usa
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Santos' only half the problem. So so frustrated with the FPF. The federation needs a major overhaul. How in the hell do you get away with saying "this result means nothing, my contract doesn't end until 2024"? Nobody has the spine to light a fire...

Santos' only half the problem. So so frustrated with the FPF. The federation needs a major overhaul. How in the hell do you get away with saying "this result means nothing, my contract doesn't end until 2024"? Nobody has the spine to light a fire under his ass. To hell with the Selecção!. To hell with this golden generation! Friends are more important. They all need to be fired! No more emotional ties, no more personal biases. Bring in a foreign coach. I'm done with it.

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SupremoGino
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Matthew is far too calm and sensible for me!

BennyFromBrooklyn
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Nice podcast. Football - as life in general - has so many facettes and everybody has his personal view on it and his own perception of what is going on. On the pitch and outside of it. I don't have any insights of the Seleção. But looking from...

Nice podcast. Football - as life in general - has so many facettes and everybody has his personal view on it and his own perception of what is going on. On the pitch and outside of it. I don't have any insights of the Seleção. But looking from outside in, it is really hard to find positives (like Nuno Mendes, or Jota's willingness to run, or...). There is a shadow over this team - maybe not only the team, but the whole organization and the people linked to the Senior National team. Thanks Danny for pointing out the double standard in assessment of Press Conferences from coach vs. PCs from players.
But I disagree with blaming the Nations League being negative for the development of younger players. Thant's nonsense to me. No one forces Santos not to experiment. In the first edition of the NL, Portugal played without Ronaldo in the group stage and they made it into the final four. The unhandy calendar in Summer was due to this odd WC in Qatar in winter. Blame the FIFA, not the UEFA for this. Experimenting in Nations League is much more beneficial than in friendlies, because there is a little bit a competitive aspect, while friendlies use to be non-saying and friendlies usually anyway blow up in a mess, when coaches substitute wildly in the last 30 minutes. Excuses just don't make sense. There is an unholy alliance FS-CR-FPF. And this unholy alliance does only "help" the involved ones but not the Senior Team. The senior team should be the main character in this movie, but we know that CR does not accept that. CR that is this guy who has seen his best day and first wants to play every minute and then uses to throw away his Captains band when frustrated. You got that right, Matthew, he is untouchable. And that is obviously one of the many big problems in and around this squad. The monarchy is not a very successful way to organize a nation. The Germans say: "The team is the star" - and they got 4 stars on the shirt. Any more evidence needed, how super important team cohesion is? B.t.w. Portugal won the Euros 2016 not because they were lucky. They won it because they were the strongest, tightest, most cohesive unit of all teams there. You could not put a piece of paper between them and they were very focused on their strengths and no distractions around. Today is the total opposite. Many distractions and no cohesion. Falling apart in the last 20 minutes has become a habit. You cannot get these negative patterns out without radical measures. And radical measures means: Santos rua, Ronaldo rua. If football is a business, then just imagine how would you act if you own a company where the CEO uses to complain about his employees not doing what he says. Would you clean up the executive floor or would you fire all employees? At least I as an armchair coach see it like this.
I'd like to hope that I'll be proven wrong, but the disillusion has meanwhile grown so huge because it has been fed consequently with disappoitnment after disappointment. With repeating and repeating and repeating always the same mistakes. Even hope for a win has become a huge effort.

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