The Portuguese women's soccer coach said today that the calls to represent the 'team of chips' are not closed, warning that the players should try to grab the opportunity when they are called.
Francisco Neto was speaking to the media in the City of Football in Oeiras on the eve of the first private meeting with Hungary to prepare for the qualifying phase for the 2021 UEFA European Championship starting in October.
"The players are becoming more and more competitive, more and more want to be here, more and more players are capable and capable of being here. The calls are not closed, they know they have to work in the clubs, seize the opportunities when they are here to make the most of it and give a good response, "said the Portuguese coach.
Still, Francisco Neto reinforced that he has seen in the lot of the 23 called "commitment and work" to represent the selection at international level.
As for the double confrontation with the Hungarians, on Saturday and Tuesday, in the Sports Complex of Alverca, the selector predicts complicated matches, against the system that the opponent must present.
"It is a difficult match, it is a team that is growing and we have chosen this opponent by the standard that we can put. Usually, they play with lower, more compact lines and in qualifying, possibly we'll get teams like that, "he said.
The growth of Portuguese women's football and the recent 30th place in the world ranking means that the teams look at the Portuguese team with more respect and in a different way, according to Francisco Neto.
"They look at us differently, no doubt. It is noted that the initial eleven of them [adversários] is not as rough as it used to be, "he said.
Portugal faces Hungary twice at the Alverca Sports Complex, with the first meeting to be held on April 6 at 4:00 p.m., and the second at 3:00 p.m., at 3:00 p.m.
The two challenges are in preparation for the qualifying round of the UEFA European Championship in 2021, in which Portugal will find in group E the selections of Albania, Finland, Scotland and Cyprus.