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Santos wants more from his Portugal squad to defend Euro title

Thu 10 June 2021 | 8:35

The Euro 2016 champions defeated Israel 4-0 in a friendly match in the warm-up of their upcoming Euro 2020 tournament. However, Fernando Santos isn’t quite happy with his side’s performance as they have "many things to improve".

A brace from

Bruno Fernandes

and goals from

Cristiano Ronaldo


Joao Cancelo

gave the host a comfortable victory over



Talking to a post-match interview,




: “The first part, not being extraordinary, was good.

"We did very well in the first 20 minutes, with great intensity in the various moments of play, circulating the ball well and looking for the flanks. 

"Then we had a quarter of an hour with less [urgency], but we accelerated towards the end and ended up scoring two goals."


Revealing the new tactical approach he tried yesterday at Jose Alvalade Stadium, the 66-year-old is still optimistic ahead of


defense of their title starting against Hungary next Tuesday.

He added: "In the second I changed things a little, I tried to put one more man next to Ronaldo and two midfielders coming in from the inside, but it didn't work. 

"We started to miss a lot of passes and the ball circulation was not so good. There are many things to improve, certainly. 

"Now let's rest and calmly prepare for the Euros. This team has a huge will and an excellent team spirit."


source: RTP