Attractive soccer with a winning streak, 36 goals scored, and only 2 goals against.everything is going well Roberto Martinez Responsible for the selection of Portugala team dreaming of European glory once again germany 2024.
Under the guidance of their Spanish coach, Portugal completed their best qualifying phase for major competitions on Sunday. With three games remaining, he achieved this goal the fastest in history, and achieved the most points with 36, an unprecedented record. 10 consecutive wins.
Until then Cristiano Ronaldo I’m surprised, he already hinted at it in October: “I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such an ‘easy’ qualifying phase since I joined the national team. Not even in the middle of the day…I don’t mean to do that.” Simply put, that’s what we did. ”
”Portugal He qualified because he played well, we have a great team, we have a great coach, and we deserved to qualify. It is no coincidence that we are already classified,” he said at the time.
christian He was indeed one of the protagonists of the first 10 matches of the ‘Martinez era’, which featured the Portuguese star smiling again in his country’s shirt.
His tears after defeat Morocco in the quarterfinals of qatar world cup 2022 -Tournament was interrupted due to a problem manchester And with my former coach, Fernando Santos– They toured around the world, but their continuity with the national team was unclear.
However, doubts were quickly dispelled. At the time of its debut, martinez, christian scored a double against liechtenstein (4-0) Delighted the local stands with a “siu” (a soccer player’s legendary goal celebration) that shocked everyone. lisbon And he never stopped scoring.
With 10 goals, he became the league’s top scorer at the age of 38. Portugal Only 14 Belgians outranked him at this qualifying stage. Romelu Lukaku.
In addition to his goals, the captain Portugal He once again proved his versatility.
In the first match against him, he was moved to a support role. Bosnia-Herzegovina (3-0) He demanded it, joined the defense and secured the three points in the second game. Slovakia (3-2) and Sunday’s matchup. Iceland (2-0) alternated between the striker role and his former winger role.
Team beyond Cristiano
contribution of christian the team he leads Roberto Martinez There’s no denying that, but the team also showed that it’s not dependent on its captain.
Without the former madridista, Portugal The biggest victory in history was 9-0. Luxembourgwas a weak rival to “Kina” the previous year.
One of the best players on the pitch that had a historic night Bruno FernandesAnother home base for the Spanish coach.
midfielder Manchester United His performance with the national team was unstoppable, with an enviable tally of six goals and eight assists in 10 games.
solidity of Bernardo Silvathe power of Rafael Leo and creativity joan felix These are other assets at the coach’s disposal.
But not everything was easy Roberto MartinezDetails still need to be finalized for the appointment. Germany.
In a recent match in Liechtenstein (0-2), the Portuguese team became expressionless due to a lack of space to move on the field and a slow development that favored the tactics of the small central European principality. It has been shown.
The Portuguese’s disconnection and apathy continued to be an issue in the second game. Slovakia This was their only goal conceded in the group stage (3-2).
in front Bratislava (0-1), Portugal struggled under the strong pressure of Slovakiawhich slows down their production game, Roberto Martinez I felt a little disoriented.
And the physical force is Lisbon Bosnia and Herzegovina (3-0) and Iceland in Reykjavik (0-1) had a similar effect, stopping the Portuguese before they could gain momentum and forcing them to restart the match.
This wasn’t always easy for a team that resembles a car with a high top speed but low acceleration ability.fringe martinez must be adjusted before euro cupwhere PortugalHe is aiming to repeat his 2016 glory.