Four players must play in the middle sector with William and Bernardo Silva on the right and Mufaddal Moutinho and Bruno Fernandes at the 11th hour. Cristiano Ronaldo and Jota play in attack and the main players will be Danilo and Fonte. On the sides, Dalot and Rafael Guero should win the selection preference over Cedric and Nuno Mendes.
Fernando Santos assumed yesterday that he had little doubts about the current 11 with Turkey. An initial team, by all indications, will present itself with four midfielders, transferring coach Bernardo Silva from the right lane, where he played in 4x3x3, to the central area. In this sector, William will also be based, leaving Joao Moutinho and Bruno Fernandez as candidates to complete the quartet.
However, a surprise may emerge here, with the inclusion of Ottavio. And the FC Porto midfielder returned to the national team after being called up for the first time in September, making his debut with Qatar, the match in which he started and scored, and also entered the match with Azerbaijan.
Since it is a crucial match, the national coach must maintain confidence in the majority of the most experienced players out of the 24 available (Cancelo has been suspended and Pep has COVID-19), which is why the attack will be for captain Cristiano Ronaldo. Diogo Jota, Portugal’s top scorer at club level, will join him this season.
In defense, the central area will be occupied by the experienced Danilo and José Fonte.
Even in the most declining sectors, there is strong competition between the two sides. Without Cancelo, Dalot is a strong candidate to play on the right, but Cedric, in his last home games at Arsenal, has accumulated experience that should not be overlooked. On the left flank, Rafael Guerrero was the first choice, when he was in good shape, but Nuno Mendes has already played 11 games for the Seleção at the age of 19.
Possible eleven for the Portuguese national team (4x4x2): Rui Patricio Dalot, Danilo, José Fonte, and Raphael Guerreiro; Bruno Fernandez, William, Joao Moutinho and Bernardo Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Jota.
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