Just a few days in the past, the preselection of 55 gamers chosen by Fernando Santos to compete within the 2022 World Cup with Portugal leaked. Let’s see collectively what the technician’s closing checklist for Qatar might appear like.
Portugal’s program in Qatar: Group H – Ghana (November 24), Uruguay (November 28), South Korea (December 2).
Two uncertainties on the goalkeeper place
Historic holder, Rui Patricio (AS Roma) has not supplied all of the ensures in latest months and he might quit his primary spot to rising star Diogo Costa (FC Porto), holder in each video games in September. There may be additionally a doubt in regards to the identification of the third goalkeeper: a priori, José Sa (Wolverhampton) leaves all the identical with a head begin on the Lyonnais Anthony Lopes, zapped over the past two lists, and on Rui Silva (Betis ).
The certainties of the corridors
Within the right-back place, the hierarchy is obvious: João Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis) is the holder and Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) his understudy. Cedric Soares (Arsenal) and Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton) will solely be choices if injured.
Within the left lane, few doubts there too, Nuno Mendes (Paris SG) is primary, changed by Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund). Mario Rui (Naples) is prepared in case, whereas Nuno Tavares (OM) begins from additional away.
Within the center, the veteran Pepe (FC Porto) and Ruben Dias (Manchester Metropolis) begin with the Parisian Danilo Pereira because the third thief. Behind them, the hierarchy is extra fluid and Lille’s José Fonte and Tiago Djalo, plus Domingos Duarte (Getafe) and David Carmo (FC Porto) might compete for one or two locations, with a stability that appears to lean extra in favor of Djalo and Carmo. However mistrust as a result of Santos is reputed to be conservative and a return from Fonte, absent from the final two lists, can’t be dominated out…
Visitors jam within the center
In midfield, the duo of William Carvalho (Betis) and Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton) will begin with a notch above Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United). Regulars of the lists of Santos, João Palhinha (Fulham) and Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton) also needs to be within the recreation. The skilled João Moutinho (Wolverhampton) additionally appeared to have each likelihood, however his absence in September raises questions. The Parisian Vitinha, current on the final two rallies, may benefit from it, whereas it’s extra imprecise regarding his teammate Renato Sanches, who didn’t seem within the choice in 2022, primarily due to accidents. Lastly, we should not bury Otavio (FC Porto), able to taking part in as a winger, nor the skilled João Mario (Benfica), recalled in September.
Though most frequently aligned winger, the innkeeper Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis) is taken into account as a midfielder within the lists of Santos and his presence shouldn’t be doubtful both. A priori, the technician ought to choose 8 and even 9 components on this sector the place he can rely on the flexibility of Danilo Pereira.
The assault in full doubt
Clearly, Portugal’s assault shouldn’t be going robust. Firstly as a result of poor type of Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), who ought to nonetheless stay a starter and who advantages from a system tailored for him. Then as a result of the winger Diogo Jota (Liverpool), presupposed to compose the attacking trio with CR7 and Bernardo Silva, will undoubtedly forfeit and doesn’t seem within the pre-selection which has leaked. Underneath these situations, it’s Rafael Leão (AC Milan) who ought to recuperate the vacant beginning spot. Gonçalo Guedes (Wolverhampton) has an excellent likelihood of accompanying him to Qatar, and, within the absence of Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton), additionally forfeited, Ricardo Horta (Braga) and the versatile Otavio might compete for the final place.
Lastly, within the axis, behind CR7, other than the actual profile of João Félix (Atletico Madrid), assured to be on the journey, the feeling Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica) might nicely grill on the wire André Silva (RB Leipzig), whereas that Rafa Silva (Benfica) has, allow us to bear in mind, retired from worldwide soccer final month.
Portugal’s possible checklist for the 2022 World Cup
Guardians (3): Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Rui Patricio (AS Roma), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton)
Defenders (9): João Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Nuno Mendes (Paris SG), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester Metropolis), Danilo Pereira (Paris SG), Tiago Djalo ( LOSC), David Carmo (FC Porto)
Midfielders (9): William Carvalho (Betis), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis), João Palhinha (Fulham), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton), Vitinha (Paris SG), João Moutinho (Wolverhampton), Otavio (FC Porto)
Forwards (5): Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), João Félix (Atletico Madrid), Gonçalo Ramos (SL Benfica), Rafael Leão (AC Milan), Gonçalo Guedes (Wolverhampton)