The picker Fernando Santos showed itself today confident in the direct clearance of Portugal to Football euro2020 and assumed that the “only strategy” is to win the last two Group B games against Lithuania and Luxembourg.
“The strategy is to win. The strategy is to score goals and not let the opponent score. We will be at the 2020 UEFA European Championship. We will win both of these games and we will be there, ”said Fernando Santos at the press conference to promote the squad in the City of Football in Oeiras.
The national coach devalued the absences due to injury of William Carvalho and Gonçalo Guedes, two of the most used players in the qualifying phase, and ensured that the 25-man squad "gives all the guarantees".
“It's winning both of these games and it's over. We always said we wanted to be first in the group. It did not happen, but this is no stranger to Portuguese football. We have reached the finals and have had brilliant campaigns without finishing first in the group, ”said the 65-year-old.
Fernando Santos assumed that in recent games Portugal have conceded more goals than usual and regretted the lack of time to try to solve this problem.
“I will not train. I have no time. Let's try to rectify something that hasn't gone well. Those who are not conceded are closer to winning. That is what we will try to do, ”he said.
The concentration of the 25 players called by Fernando Santos is scheduled for next Monday.
In the event of a triumph over Lithuania on 14 November in the Algarve and Luxembourg on 17, Portugal will be able to qualify directly for Euro2020, but could hold the party early on Algarve soil if they beat the Lithuanians and Serbia , on the same day, failing to win at the Luxembourg reception.
Ukraine, who have already secured top spot in Group B, have 19 points, followed by Portugal with 11, Serbia with 10, Luxembourg with four and Lithuania with just one.