Job message for Portugal
Portugal's defense needs change. Not since of the generously offered goals in the 2: 3 versus Ghana, which would practically end in draw at the very end. Even the Ruben Dias, sovereign at Manchester City, made errors at the start. It needs to be altered since of Danilo Pereira, who played versus Ghana, but was also not complimentary of errors. The 31-year-old professional from Paris Saint-Germain broke 3 ribs in training and is now out for the remainder of the group phase, potentially the veteran can no longer be used at this World Cup.
He turns 40 in February and was already there at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cup finals. The former professional from Genuine Madrid did not seem worn out.
This is a problem for Fernando Santos. On the offensive, the coach has lots of top-class staff to pick from, however his alternatives are limited in the main defense because he just called 4 main protectors in the team. He needs to decide in between the 39-year-old veteran Pepe from FC Porto and the just recently 19-year-old Antonio Silva. Benefice Lisbon's young expert has up until now only played one worldwide match-in the preparation of the World Cup in the 4-0 against Nigeria, he was on the pitch for 90 minutes and did his task. At Benefice, Coach Roger Schmidt depends on him anyway, the fast Antonio Silva has a regular location with the champions and round of 16 of the Champions League.