The exclusion of the nationwide crew from the World Cup of 2022 left António Simões devastated, in any case, Portugal didn’t cross the third place of Magriços, the crew he belonged to, in 1966. The 78-year-old footballer, who shone beside him. Eusébio was additionally in Qatar to look at the recreation towards South Korea when he was invited by Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, who needed to fulfill him as a result of his father spoke a lot about him. “It was an honor,” he says proudly.
António Simões sees Morocco’s relegation as a normal subject, however he isn’t shying away from the challenges going through the nook crew. First, Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom there have been conflicts, which started in the first days of the internship and the interview that ended the divorce with Manchester United. “It did not assist”, he thinks, including that “there have been little issues that took away the crew’s consideration”. And on this sense, he considers that “the concept that handed was that the construction of the Portuguese Football Federation did nothing” to forestall the issues that arose, so “the whole lot that surrounded Cristiano was in a position to disrupt the crew”. And on this sense, he left a message: “There are issues that can’t occur once more. It is essential that those that are going to the nationwide crew remedy their issues first.
Ronaldo doesn’t settle for the end
Looking at the habits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Simões feels that he has “misplaced greater than as soon as”, however thinks that this time the captain’s strategies depart him with different ideas: “It appears that he was killed as a result of of the end. Pelé and Eusébio additionally ended, there isn’t any drama in it. It appears that he does not assume that actuality and the reality is that enjoying till 37 years at this age is superb. us, out of the blue it is an explosion and I keep in mind properly. Cristiano should understand how he will be helpful any further.”
António Simões warns that CR7’s current habits might flip towards him and recommends that he “do one thing in order to not trigger disaffection” and, subsequently, advises him to “proceed to excel in the particular work and the good that he has to supply”.
The most urgent subject throughout the crew’s keep in Qatar was Ronaldo’s anger when he was substituted in the recreation towards South Korea. Simões considers this habits unusual, which makes him assume that the captain of the crew “simply listens to himself” and remembers that “at the World Cup in South Africa, in 2010, Cristiano had that phrase – ” ask Carlos. [Queiroz]”after the elimination – which was already a signal of this high quality”.
And on this sense he admits that “it isn’t simple for somebody who chooses to do issues like that”. And, though he says that he doesn’t assume that there’s a struggle between Fernando Santos and Ronaldo, the former worldwide of Portugal feels that “the authority of the coach has been questioned”, now it’s with “these at the prime.” [Fernando Gomes, presidente da FPF] analyze what has occurred and arise”.
That is, in motion António Simões defends the dialog between Fernando Gomes and the two administrators of the episode “to resolve the issues that weren’t clear”, which he says ought to have occurred at the moment. “They have been working away from that subject, the World Cup is over, however the drawback remains to be there,” he stated, acknowledging that that is the solely means that the coach and gamers will be collectively in the nationwide crew. “Everything is solved when there may be a will on all sides,” he stated.
Santos with a slight edge
António Simões admits that the subsequent few days will be capable to put an end to the doubts about the future of Fernando Santos, after the talks that the coach can have with the president of the FPF who, in his opinion, “each will see what is sweet for Portuguese soccer”.
However, in the opinion of the former worldwide “Fernando Santos not has limits in the eyes of the public, though he might have limits with the president and the gamers, who’ve by no means proven his continuity”. Simões continues: “There is a sure satisfaction. The trainer is usually seen as responsible and accused of being rigid and risk-averse. He can not get rid of that disgrace.”
However, in the opinion of Simões, the accountability to take away the World Cup of 2022 from the toes of Morocco “is the entire crew”. “The blame is normally on the coach, however the gamers do not play? They play in huge groups and face a lot of issues… the objective goes via the center, it’s a must to attempt with the wings?”, he asks.
Simões evokes the phrases of Arsène Wenger, the former coach of Arsenal, to clarify what he thinks: “He says what I agree with: if a crew can not have the width of the gamers enjoying on the line, it is extremely tough to create scoring alternatives. This is what occurred to Portugal. He could not play outdoors and quickly it turned clear that we weren’t going to attain.”
The former footballer reveals that after Morocco’s objective he seen that “the crew was shedding energy and the passes began to go mistaken”. “There was a contagion drawback that made the crew look worse than it’s, when it was anticipated to vary. That is, there was a good contagion contemplating the expertise that each one the gamers have”. he defined, admitting that “there have been gamers who did not play properly”, however he has no doubts about how the crew from the nook began the recreation that they needed to win to be in the semi-finals: “You did not. understand that carelessness at the starting of the recreation.”
Simões complained that “even the goalkeeper, who performs very properly, made a mistake” which was commonplace and which led to Morocco. “It wasn’t our day,” he concluded.