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“He Tells Me When I Don't Play Well”_Abraham Reacts As Portugal Want Mourinho As New Coach

Tammy Abraham reveals he is not surprised as Portugal being lined up for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese Federation is according to report have opened talks with Jose Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, over a potential appointment as the national team boss.

Portugal reached the quarter-finals at the World Cup, sacking Fernando Santos and Mourinho is now the leading candidate to replace him.

Abraham is not surprised by the interest of the Portuguese Federation.

Abraham:

 

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“He is a great coach and of course, everyone wants him.”

“It’s an honour that an important country like Portugal chases him.

I am sure the coach is focused on Roma. We’ve read many things, but we didn’t talk about them and Mourinho has always tried to make us improve, we are focused on the season.

“I already said it in the past, to me, having him [Mourinho] here is like having an uncle.”

“That’s how I’ve always seen the coach. He is a reference point and he wants the best from me, so he motivates me in every way.

“He tells me when I don’t play well and even when I do so, he is not satisfied.

That’s what I need. A coach who always guides me.”

There have been suggestions that the 59-year-old could combine roles with Portugal and Roma.

Fernando Santos Steps Down As Portugal Manager After Eight Years In Service

Fernando Santos Portugal boss has left his position as manager following their elimination from the World Cup.

A statement released on Thursday evening confirmed the mutual decision for the 68-year-old to depart after over eight years in charge.

Former Greece boss Santos joined in September 2014 and led Portugal to an historic European Championship triumph within two years of his appointment, famously defeating France in the Euro 2016 final.

The Selecao also lifted the 2019 Nations League title under the manager but fell in the last-16 at both the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.

 

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A falling out with Cristiano Ronaldo overshadowed Portugal’s run to the quarter-finals in Qatar, which ended with a 1-0 defeat to Morocco.

The side is now set for a transition period with a new generation of stars such as Rafael Leao, Diogo Costa and Goncalo Ramos set to take centre stage.

A Portugal FA (FPF) statement read:

“After one of the best-ever runs by the national team in the World Cup knockouts in Qatar, the FPF and Fernando Santos understand that this is the right moment to start a new cycle.

“In addition to the titles won, Fernando Santos became our coach with the most games and most victories.

It was an honour to have a coach and a person like Fernando Santos at the head of the national team.

“The FPF thanks Fernando Santos and his technical staff for the services provided over eight unique years and believes that this thanks is also made on behalf of the Portuguese people.

The FPF board will now begin the process of choosing the next national coach.”

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Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half header against Portugal was enough as Morocco became the first-ever African side to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The Sevilla forward sent the large contingent of Morocco fans crazy with a 42nd-minute headed effort that was enough to send Portugal home.

Walid Regragui’s history-makers will meet the winner of France and England in the semi-final on Wednesday.

The first chance fell Portugal’s way with Joao Felix’s deflected effort drifting agonisingly wide with goalkeeper Bono well beaten.

Having gone close twice earlier in the half, En-Nesyri finally broke the deadlock three minutes before half-time.

It was a magical moment for Morocco, but one to forget for Portugal’s goalkeeper Diogo Costa

who was caught in no-man’s land as he got nowhere close to Yahih Attiyat Allah’s cross and En-Nesyri took full advantage, heading home quite majestically to send the African fans wild.

 

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Bruno Fernandes almost levelled immediately with an ingenious effort, moments before he had a strong appeal for a penalty waved away by the referee.

Ronaldo was introduced shortly after the restart, with the 37-year-old making a record 196th international appearance.

His former Manchester United team-mate Fernandes almost found the leveller with a fierce shot from the edge of the box.

Fernando Santos’ side continued to pile on the pressure, with Joao Felix forcing another top drawer save from Bono, who also denied Ronaldo from point-blank range.

But there was no way through a stubborn Morocco defence that has conceded only once

in the tournament so far, despite substitute Walid Cheddira being sent off for two bookable offences.

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Morocco vs Portugal XI: Team News Possible Lineup

Morocco meet quarter-final opponents Portugal at Al Thumama Stadium on Saturday.

Fernando Santos Portugal boss is set to leave Cristiano Ronaldo out of his starting lineup for the second World Cup game in a row, when his side faces Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

A number of bold selection calls worked in the veteran coach’s favour as the Selecao dumped Switzerland out in the last-16 on Tuesday,

Goncalo Ramos taking centre stage with a hat-trick in a 6-1 rout.

That performance will surely leave Ronaldo on the bench once again, testing Portugal’s claim that the 37-year-old will be happy to play a bit-part role for the World Cup’s climax in Qatar.

Both Portugal and Ronaldo have denied that he threatened to leave their camp after being dropped against the Swiss, with Santos

unhappy with his star player’s reaction to being substituted against South Korea in the group stage finale.

 

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Santos also left Joao Cancelo out against the Swiss, favouring Raphael Guerreiro and Diogo Dalot in the full-back positions with Nuno Mendes injured.

Danilo Pereira is a doubt to face Morocco but, even if fit, may not be able to edge Pepe out of the XI following his goal in the last-16.

Otavio returned from a knock and should continue in central midfield, with a selection decision to be made between Ruben Neves and William Carvalho alongside him.

Morocco: Walid Regragui’s storming success has been partly down to a very settled lineup and approach.

Selim Amallah was picked for the penalty shootout win over Spain ahead of Abdelhamid Sabiri and should continue in the team against Portugal.

West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd is a doubt after being forced off in the last-16, but there seems hope that the issue is not as bad as first feared.

Fellow centre-back Romain Saiss also picked up a knock in that game.

Morocco Possible Lineup(4-3-3):

Bono;

Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui;

Amrabat, Amallah, Ounahi;

Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.

 

Portugal Possible Lineup(4-2-3-1):

Costa;

Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro;

Neves, Otavio; Silva, Fernandes, Felix;

Ramos.

“Do You Really Think It’s A Good Idea?” Fernando Santos Reveals Conversation With Cristiano Ronaldo

Fernado Santos has decline the rumours of having issues with Cristiano Ronaldo after left out on starting line-up against Switzerland.

Ronaldo, failing to start at a major tournament for his country for the first time since Euro 2008.

The Portugal boss has now made it clear exactly what happened between the pair on Tuesday.

Asked for his version of events, Santos replied:

‘Yes we did have a conversation and it would be very bad if we had not had this conversation.

Since I took the helm of the national team we talk and have a close relationship with the players, it’s normal and I’ve always done that throughout my career.

‘There are coaches who have a different approach, but that’s my approach, to talk to our players and to have a close relationship with them.

‘The conversation [with Ronaldo] needed to happen.

It’s part of our basis. I don’t do it with all the players [when they are dropped] but he is the captain of our squad and you know what he represents for Portuguese football and for the Portuguese people.

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‘Naturally I needed to talk to him. When we had this conversation it was on the day of the match, after lunch.

I had not had any conversations with him before that, neither on Sunday or Monday.

The only conversation I had with him was on that day, the day of the game, and I explained why he would not play.

‘After lunch we met, I explained to him why he was not going to be one of the starters, because I did not want him to be surprised.

I invited him into my office and said, “Listen, you are not going to start, I think you’ll be very important but in terms of strategy it’s better for you not to be on the field.”

‘We expected that the game would be more difficult and I wanted to save him for the second half if need be.

I spoke to him naturally, as I always do with my players.

‘Cristiano for obvious reasons was not very happy about it, because he has always been the starting player – except for one or two games.

Obviously he was not happy and he told me, “Do you really think it’s a good idea?”

‘But we had a normal conversation in which I explained my point of view and he accepted that. We had a frank and normal conversation.

‘He has never told me that he wanted to leave our national team and as Joao [Felix] said, I think it’s high time we stopped with this conversation and stopped with the attacks.

‘Ronaldo was the one who started warming up with the players even though he knew he was not going to start.

He celebrated all the goals that were scored and at the end he was the one who invited the players to thank the fans.

So I think it’s high time for you to leave Ronaldo alone and acknowledge all he has done for Portuguese football.’

Portugal take on Morocco to book a place in the semi-finals on Saturday.

'With Ronaldo There Were No problems. In Fact He Solved Them For Me'_Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti and Ronaldo worked together during their time at Los Blancos and the Italian regularly lauded the Portuguese superstar.

The Real Madrid boss has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo amid problems for the forward at both club and country.

Portugal’s most-capped player and all-time top scorer came off the bench late in their 6-1 win over Switzerland in the last 16,

having been dropped from the starting side after an outburst following his substitution against South Korea.

Italian Ancelotti managed Ronaldo for two seasons at Real Madrid.

 

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Ancelotti:

“Ronaldo probably still feels in his 20s because he’s fine, he’s got the answers he’s looking for in his body.”

“The competition has become tough.

“I’ve coached him (Ronaldo) for two years and there were no problems. In fact he solved them for me.

Cristiano trains well, he pays attention to detail, everything was easy for me to manage. He is an exceptional player.”

“Every time I have a press conference, I have to speak about Cristiano,” Ancelotti previously said of Ronaldo.

“Last time I said it’s difficult to find a new word to describe Cristiano. I think he’s a fantastic player, a fantastic professional and that’s it.”

Portugal’s Football Federation on Thursday denied media reports that Ronaldo had threatened to leave the national team during the World Cup after coach Fernando Santos dropped him.

Ronaldo, who has not scored since converting a penalty in Portugal’s opening game against Ghana, issued a statement saying the squad were “a group too united to be broken by external forces”.

Portugal face Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday in which all Ronaldo’s lovers are waiting to see if he will be on starting line-up.

 

'Nobody Likes To Be On Bench' Fernandes On Cristiano Ronaldo To Being Drop By Santos

Fernando Santos replaced Ronaldo with Goncalo Ramos, in the Portugal side for the last-16 tie and he scored three goals as Portugal made a statement with a stunning 6-1 win.

Ronaldo team mate Bruno Fernandes has insisted any member of the Portugal squad would have angry to be benched.

Ronaldo, failing to start at a major tournament for his country for the first time since Euro 2008, came off the bench with 17 minutes to play, seeing an effort chalked off for offside.

The former Real Madrid star was dropped in similar circumstances by Erik ten Hag in October with Manchester United terminating the striker’s contract at the start of the month.

His former United teammate Fernandes insists Ronaldo remains a key part of the squad, admitting the veteran was frustrated to have been left out.

 

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Fernandez:

‘Do you think anyone likes to be on the bench.?”

‘I don’t think Cristiano would be happy. If the manager put me on the bench in the next game, I would be angry.’

‘We won the first two games with Cristiano in the first 11, and it could be that if Cristiano played, he could score three goals and no one would be speaking about Cristiano being on the bench.

‘Cristiano is doing his job, he’s doing his part, he’s happy with the result because the goal for everyone is to go as far as possible.

‘I don’t think people should be talking about Cristiano and why he’s not playing,

because when Cristiano plays and the team wins, no one talks about that.

‘When Cristiano plays and the team loses, everyone talks.

[He is] the most famous player in the world. No one is more famous than Cristiano in sports, not in football, in sports.’

Portugal take on Morocco to book a place in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Fernando Santo: Cristiano Ronaldo Still ‘Very Important’ To Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo came in as a substitute in Portugal clinical win against Switzerland.

Fernando Santos  Portugal boss has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo remains an important part of his squad, and says he has not decided

who will start up front in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Morocco – despite Goncalo Ramos’ brilliant hat-trick against Switzerland.

Ramos, 21, replaced Ronaldo in the Portugal side for the last-16 tie and scored three goals and set up another on his first international start, as Santos’ side made a statement with a stunning 6-1 win.

 

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Ronaldo, who is a free agent after being released by Manchester United, was dropped

for an angry reaction to being substituted in Portugal’s final group game against South Korea, with Santos criticising his behaviour on the eve of the last-16 tie.

But he insisted his relationship with the 37-year-old remains strong and says he has not decided who will start against surprise package Morocco on Saturday.

Santos:

“I have a very close relationship with Cristiano, I have known him since he was 19 at Sporting and then he started to develop in the national squad when I arrived in 2014.”

“Ronaldo and I never misinterpret the human and personal aspect with that of manager and player.

I will always consider that he is a very important player to have in the team.

“Andre [Silva] is a great player who plays more advanced, Cristiano is more fixed – he stays in a more determined area towards the box.

Goncalo has different characteristics.”

“He is very dynamic and that is what he ended up showing us [tonight].

It is nothing new, he already came on in two matches but Andre also played in the last match.

I have three players I fully trust. For each match I will use which player I see best for my strategy.

“Ronaldo definitely, and all the players who are with me can be used.

And if they are not in the starting 11, they can play later.”

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Goncalo Ramos bagged a hattrick as Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1 to reach the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals.

The big news ahead of the match at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar was that Ronaldo had been dropped to the bench following his antics in the defeat to South Korea.

But even without the legendary forward, Fernando Santos’ side completely dominated for 90 minutes, with 21-year-old Benfica striker Ramos opening the scoring after just 17 minutes with a powerful strike.

 

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In the absence of Ronaldo, 39-year-old Pepe skippered Portugal and doubled their lead before half-time, heading in from Bruno Fernandes’ corner

 

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Portugal vs Switzerland XI: Team News Possible Lineup

Portugal meet Group G runners-up Switzerland at Lusail Stadium on Today.

Portugal will welcome back their regular starting line-up to face Switzerland today after a poor showing from their reserves in their final World Cup group game.

Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the few who kept their places in the Portuguese side for their final group game, but was off the pitch by the time Heung-min Son inspired a South Korea comeback from 1-0 down, to win 2-1 and qualify in second place.

Six points from the group, however, was enough for Portugal to book a last-16 tie against Switzerland, who held off a spirited Serbia side in their final Group G match, winning 3-2 to finish second behind Brazil.

Santos looks set to reinstate his first-choice players such as Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes, who has scored two goals and laid on two assists in this World Cup so far.

 

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Manchester City pair Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias should also return, with Santos’ main dilemma being who to play at left-back,

with Nuno Mendes ruled out of the tournament.

He could select another United player, in Diogo Dalot, and switch Joao Cancelo to the left, or go with the experienced Rafael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund.

 

Switzerland: Murat Yakin, Xherdan Shaqiri is now fit and firing after missing the Brazil defeat with a knock before scoring a fine goal on his return against Serbia.

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer and centre-back Nico Elvedi both missed the Serbia game due to illness, but could return at Lusail Stadium.

Portugal Possible Lineup:

D.Costa;

Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro;

Neves, Carvalho; B. Silva, Fernandes, Felix;

Ronaldo.

 

Predicted Switzerland XI:

Sommer;

Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez;

Xhaka, Freuler;

Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas;

Embolo.