Santos: “The responsibility is all mine”

Portugal’s players were under no illusions after the chastening defeat to Germany in Munich this afternoon. Coach Fernando Santos admitted that his team defended poorly as a collective, while his opposite number Joachim Löw revealed it had been a deliberate plan to attack the Seleção from wide areas.

After a positive start to the tournament versus Hungary by the Seleção, which would have had betters backing Portugal’s chances at Fanduel Indiana, the reigning European champions were made to look very ordinary by a dominant German team that got their tactics spot on. PortuGOAL brings you the match reaction. 

 

Fernando Santos, Portugal coach:

“Germany are one of the best teams in the world. I thought we could beat Germany. We started well, with good organisation, looking to break out and make connections. We took advantage of the counterattack for 1-0. They had more of the match, but we were secure, and had a chance to make score a second goal.

“They ended up reacting with their left-back, who we knew could be dangerous, and he ended up scoring a goal and getting two assists. The team retreated, tried to react but didn’t manage to. I tried to change things at the break, but we conceded the third and fourth goals the same way. The team reacted, scored a second goal and hit the post. It was a deserved victory for Germany.

“The responsibility is all mine.  

“Collectively we defended badly. When the left-back has the chance to do what he did, something went wrong. The team began to drop very deep, and this created problems for us. Now we have to look at the game and talk to the players. We need to clear our heads. We have a very important game against France.

“I want to look ahead. We want the moon every day. I’m going to think with a calm head. Wanting the moon like we wanted in this match is dangerous for my players. Let’s see. We’ll look calmly and see how we are going to play.”

 


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Bruno Fernandes, Portugal midfielder: 

“We started well, scored a goal, and had some opportunities to do better with the final pass, still in the first half. Afterwards Germany were superior and fully deserved to win the game. We never managed to boss the game at any time.

“What I can say is that the team will try and improve, gives its all and try to win the next game to qualify for the next phase. The last match will be a huge game, between two great teams, but we have to focus on ourselves and see what we have to do to win the game.”

 

Renato Sanches, Portugal midfielder:

“The shot against the post? It was bad luck but that doesn’t matter now. We’ll analyse this game see where we went wrong. I feel good. Physically I’m in good shape, after a few injuries.”

 

Danilo, Portugal midfielder:

“We let them infiltrate our defence. We failed to stop the inside game of the Germans, that was the crucial aspect. We weren’t good at applying pressure and that allowed Germany to have a lot of possession of the ball. We have to be better. We have to prepare the game against France well because it’s going to be very demanding.”

 

Diogo Jota, Portugal forward:

“We actually started well, taking advantage of a quick transition to make it 1-0 but they always managed to push us back, using strong and fast crosses, causing two own goals to turn it around. Afterwards it was tough as they were playing at home and keeping possession of the ball and made it desperate for us. They scored two more, we got one back, but we take no points from here. We’ve got one game left to try and qualify.

“When things go badly it’s easy to point out the mistakes. We were unlucky at certain moments. We weren’t audacious enough at putting pressure on them to hinder their game. We gave it our best. Now we have to look to the next game. Nothing is lost.”

 


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João Moutinho, Portugal midfielder:

“It’s not the result we wanted. We came to try and win. We knew Germany liked to control the game and at times we couldn’t disrupt them. We improved, we scored first, but then scored two own goals, two pieces of bad luck. We have to take the positives from the game and think about the next one, which is the most important one.

“We didn’t defend deep. Germany have a great team, very good players and they dragged us back. We improved, got to 4-2 and hit the post that could have given us a lift. Now we have to work hard to get a good result in the next game.”

 

Germany coach, Joachim Löw:

“It was a great performance form us, against a technically very strong Portugal team and who took advantage of counter-attacks. Even when we were losing we showed great team spirit, we didn’t lose control of the game, we were dynamic and energetic. We created lots of chances and were always threatening for the Portuguese defence. It’s a deserved victory.

“The strategic plan was all about that, channelling the play to our flanks. We knew that Portugal had some difficulties in defence, so we played with our wingbacks higher up the pitch. Kimmich and Gosens put in great performances.

“We won the game, and we have qualification in our hands.”

By Tom Kundert

 

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The only Good thing that will come out of this tournament is Fernando Santos firing

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I don't think he needs to be fired because of this performance. There was too much space given to Germany in this match. They need to do better and they are better than this performance today. 2 own goals is on the team as a whole. Not just the...

I don't think he needs to be fired because of this performance. There was too much space given to Germany in this match. They need to do better and they are better than this performance today. 2 own goals is on the team as a whole. Not just the coach.

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Have you ever been attacked by a dozen or more bees? even if you swap a few away eventually 1 or 2 bite you. The own goals was because there were dozen and dozen of balls coming into the box. It was a frantic situation with attackers on...

Have you ever been attacked by a dozen or more bees? even if you swap a few away eventually 1 or 2 bite you. The own goals was because there were dozen and dozen of balls coming into the box. It was a frantic situation with attackers on your heeds. Of course we had own goals.

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Last thing I'll ever say here,
I didn't watch today's match but will surely watch Wednesday's match. Win or lose, that's what real fans do.
The reason I didn't watch today had nothing to do with the match.
It had to do with me competing at my...

Last thing I'll ever say here,
I didn't watch today's match but will surely watch Wednesday's match. Win or lose, that's what real fans do.
The reason I didn't watch today had nothing to do with the match.
It had to do with me competing at my first powerlifting meet in four years after suffering a severe hip injury. I won it today. I feel bad for the rest of you who went without a similar consolation prize.

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For all of you that talk Santos down and wish him the worst constantly and think u know more than him SHAME ON YOU he brought us our 2 and only trophies! Scolari can’t compare to him. Santos is human but he’s a master of his job. He’s turned...

For all of you that talk Santos down and wish him the worst constantly and think u know more than him SHAME ON YOU he brought us our 2 and only trophies! Scolari can’t compare to him. Santos is human but he’s a master of his job. He’s turned Portugal into a team that other teams look at and say woah. We still have a lot of life left in this tournament but please quit hating on the best coach Portugal has ever had because your just gonna end up with a worse coach and you’ll never see Portugal win a trophy again. Put some respect to my coach Fernando Santos and support this man in his highs and lows.

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Mike, the thing with being a fan of one of the best teams in the world is that you are going to have high expectations and there will always be extreme reactions to negative results and people who love to add their "starting 11 formations"...

Mike, the thing with being a fan of one of the best teams in the world is that you are going to have high expectations and there will always be extreme reactions to negative results and people who love to add their "starting 11 formations" because they think they know better than the coach.

I agree, this is in the extreme. But, we also have to try and be objective, and that objectivity requires some analysis and thought.

There is some validity to the idea that Santos, despite having won us trophies, has also had mixed results. It is not a lie nor an exaggeration to point out that Portugal often seem to have good organization, but little in the way of an actual gameplan.

We watch this match today and we see that Santos was outcoached by a man who has not exactly been setting the world on fire in recent German history.

We also saw a team that came out and had a clear identity and intensity, something Portugal has lacked under Santos in the last 2 years.

I do not have high expectations for us for the rest of the tournament simply because I do believe that Santos has the belief and confidence of the players, but beyond that, at this point, he offers little else.

I hope to be proven wrong. I appreciate the man for all he has accomplished. But we must also say that 7 years in charge does begin to pose challenges for new ideas and new ways of solving some of the same problems this team has had for years now.

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I need to disagree with this. I admit when they won in 2016 I was initially very happy and praised Santos for a very short time until I realized what really happened. I live here in Portugal and in this country soccer is what we do. Thats it!...

I need to disagree with this. I admit when they won in 2016 I was initially very happy and praised Santos for a very short time until I realized what really happened. I live here in Portugal and in this country soccer is what we do. Thats it! Soccer is religion and nothing else matters. Young boys here eat and sleep soccer and thats why we have some of the best player in the world currently as well as in our teams of the past. Roughly 10 years ago the federation turned its back on whats important to sell out to win at all costs. They started with Quieroz then went to beto and now Santos. Previous to this Portugal was known as one of the most entertaining and beautiful teams to watch in the world. Similar to Brazil and Spain the style of players to come out of Portugal are very different from most countries. This is why these special talents end up attracting so much attention. And we almost won on several occassions playing the Portuguese way. But after too many close calls we finally sold out and basically said we cant win our way so were going to play like a small country with no talent and just park the bus. After watching Spain recently I have all the respect in the world for them now. They suffered just as much as Portugal yet they never gave in and still refuse too. After that long wait they were blessed with the greatest generation of football i have ever witnessed on an international stage and they went on to win 3 major trophies in a row completely outclassing teams while playing the Spanish style which everyone had said they could never win with. I truly miss the Figo days as those are the last great Portuguese teams to play football the right way. Now I see this genreation coming up and I wish we never wouldve won in 2016. This generation wouldve been like Spains in 2010 and if we still stuck to our roots and played the free flowing football of our past with these kids and the kids we have coming up Portugal couldve been something special. Instead we play like were Setubal going to the Dragao. Its embarrassing watching a power like Portugal play soccer this way. Like were afraid to attack the best teams. Sure we won in 2016 but who did we beat? We parked the bus against 1 good team and got lucky as hell the rest of those teams were a joke and we all know it. Can we still win? Ofcourse. Santos is like a poor mans Mourihno. Denmark, Greece and 2016 Portugal all have trophys by parking the bus. But my issue is Portugal is not a country that needs to nor should be playing this way too win. I truly believe we have the talent to beat any team in the world. I hope one day they go back to playing the right way. Because I much preferred watching Figos team come up short but displaying amazing football to watch then watching this garbage ive been seeing the last 5 years

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AGREED. We where unlucky in the past and we lost, but our game was always superior to most of the teams we played against. I called this with Santos - driving a Ferrari in 1st gear all the time.

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Amen Justin. 100% agree with you.

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If we start, [Patricio, Semedo (Dalot no better), Pepe, Dias, Mendes, Palhinha, Sanches, B Silva (in place of Fernandes), Diogo, A Silva, and Ronaldo, then we may have a chance of actually beating the French.
This would mean to drop Fernandes,...

If we start, [Patricio, Semedo (Dalot no better), Pepe, Dias, Mendes, Palhinha, Sanches, B Silva (in place of Fernandes), Diogo, A Silva, and Ronaldo, then we may have a chance of actually beating the French.
This would mean to drop Fernandes, Guerrero, Danilo, and Carvalho entirely. B Silva is a better ten than Fernandes. Mendes is a better defender than Guerrero. Palhinha is better than Danilo and Carvalho at everything. Sanches, that is obvious.

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Does anyone here think that Eder should have automatically gotten a spot on this team? He actually deserves a spot as a coach or honorary something or other. I mean - why not? We are playing with house money here because of him and thats that. ...

Does anyone here think that Eder should have automatically gotten a spot on this team? He actually deserves a spot as a coach or honorary something or other. I mean - why not? We are playing with house money here because of him and thats that. If he isn’t allowed on the team because he’s no longer good enough then bolt his face to the door of whichever lockerroom Portugal is using so we can get the magic mojo back.
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why does he deserve a place hes fucking shite mate he got lucky 2016 and for that i love him. ans ow him ??

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Historically, we never played well against Germany and this game could have been a victory or tie if it weren’t for two own goals.

We must beat France and I think our chances are good if we learned from today’s game against mein Deutschland...

Historically, we never played well against Germany and this game could have been a victory or tie if it weren’t for two own goals.

We must beat France and I think our chances are good if we learned from today’s game against mein Deutschland brudders.

As for Santos, this was not his fault.. seriously, he”s not to blame for own goals.

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Fear has no medicine.

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stressss stresss Nd more stresss...

william i never ever want to see withthe green red colours again....

rapha hmm dont rate him

mendes shoukd take tbe spot same witb palinha...

silva up top

cr7 guedes jota wings....

4 bloody...

stressss stresss Nd more stresss...

william i never ever want to see withthe green red colours again....

rapha hmm dont rate him

mendes shoukd take tbe spot same witb palinha...

silva up top

cr7 guedes jota wings....

4 bloody fuxking ell

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BRUNO FERNANDES A CLUB PLAYER, SHOULD BE SITTING OUT FROM NEXT GAME ONWARDS. HE SHOULD MAKE WAY FOR RENATO SANCHEZ.

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Before the start of the match, the moment I saw the same starting lineup as Hungary, all my expectations were flushed down the drain. The game was very embarrassing to watch. Pure negative tactic from Santos.

I have said this before the start of...

Before the start of the match, the moment I saw the same starting lineup as Hungary, all my expectations were flushed down the drain. The game was very embarrassing to watch. Pure negative tactic from Santos.

I have said this before the start of the tournament, William Carvalho should have never been called. His career at Betis has been a disaster just like Nabil Fekir is now. They were exceptional players before moving to Betis.

I don't think Cancelo could have done better than Semedo in terms of defense. Both players are dynamic wingbacks, very good at pressing, but are very shaky defensively. I also don't think Dalot will be calpable of holding France.

Renato Sanches needs to start now. Also, play Pote or Felix now instead of Rafa Silva.

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