Having been part of the team that won the Futsal World Cup last October, goalkeeper Pepe has been left out of Jorge Bras’s call-up for the 2022 European Championship, which takes place in the Netherlands during January. It’s February. But, with bad luck approaching the door of Edo, the recalled goalkeeper who recently tested positive for Covid-19 and had to be removed from the squad, the national coach once again showed his confidence in Pepe and the return of the experienced goalkeeper, where, well, to be part of the Call the national team.
“I wasn’t expecting. Unfortunately, it’s an invitation to unhappiness. It’s never good to take advantage of other people’s misfortune, in this case of Edu. But I also cannot deny that I was very happy because it was my purpose to be here. I spoke to Edu and did not It was not easy.In an interview with the Portuguese Football Federation, Pepe said: “It remains for us to create an excellent European player and to think about him as well, because he will always be with us.”
With the status of the oldest player in the group, at 38 years old, Pepe assumes that adapting to the group is always easy, underlining the pleasure he has in representing the national team. The experienced goalkeeper also ensures that he will make the most of the opportunity in this European Championship, which, although not expected, could be the last of his career.
“It will be the same, I will enjoy and enjoy the moment, whether I play or not. If I play I will do my best, and if I do not play too, I will help the team that is also a part of it. The master told us that we will all be important and that everyone has their part. Based on the spirit of enjoyment And with that happiness, I will be participating in this European Championship. I will not give up the choice. As long as Mr. Braz believes that I have the conditions to be here to help, I will never turn my back on Mr. Braz and my country”, that is guaranteed to the goalkeeper.
Having been part of the group that won the 2018 European Championship and the 2021 World Cup, Pepe ensures that after these achievements, Portugal become a “mandatory” candidate to win the title, stressing, however, that other teams have a lot of potential and excellent players. In this sense, the Porto Salvo black goalkeeper is analyzing the differences in Group A that Portugal enters, along with hosts Holland, Serbia and Ukraine.
“This is a well-balanced group. With Serbia, we expect a tough match. We have the advantage of getting to know them well, but they also know us. We are already ready to face the strengths and also take advantage of Serbia’s weakest points. I think it will be an excellent match and it will be a big challenge.”
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