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09-03-2010, 05:13 PM
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Wow Portugal. How did you not win? Best attacking performance in years but so, so poor defensively. And if Ronaldo doesn't play for Portugal again I really don't think I'd miss him, Quaresma was so much better than he would have been.
So, so many things wrong with this game
1 - From the start, we had 2 box-to-box midfielders in M.Fernandes and Meireles playing behind the attacking trio of Nani - Danny - Quaresma. WHY? The team needs a trinco to anchor the MF back there. Pedro Mendes or Pepe needed to play.
2 - One of the worst games I've ever seen Bruno Alves play. He couldn't tackle or clear the ball to save his life, Carvalho was back there saving his ass multiple times, and he directly gave the ball to an opposing player at least twice.
3 - Miguel. Oh Miguel. Looking like a young Paulo Ferreira out there. 2 of the goals were directly his fault. Couldn't defend to save his life. Silvio had better play in the next game or were going to concede another 4 goals.
4 - The 4th goal, although the whole team was just standing around while cyprus passed the ball, was pretty much Eduardo's fault. That rebound cant just fall in front of the net. Made me think i was watching a Benfica game with Roberto in net.
5 - Overall, the team just looked disinterested. Only the FPF would suspend their coach for 6 months. This whole "organization" from head to toe is a joke.
6 - minor thing, but even as a Porto fan, moutinho really adds nothing to the team. Tiago should really have been called instead.
One good thing that came from this game was Manuel Fernandes. This guy is the midfielder we've been missing for a while now, and desperately needed in the WC. He passes very wall, tracks back, creates chances, and scored a wonderful goal to put us up 4-3. I felt like he was a bit isolated due to the role he was told to play, and could have gotten forward a bit more, but for me was the MOTM for Portugal. I really don't know why this was his first callup in almost 2 years. Hopefully he stays.
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