Portuguese Under-21 coach Rui Jorge said today that it is crucial to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in the qualifying match for the Euro2019 football in Italy, as well as the challenge against Liechtenstein.
“The game in Bosnia is definitive, it does not get three points against Bosnia puts us out of the final phase,” said Rui Jorge, in a play-by-play match against Liechtenstein. press conference, adding: “Let’s prepare the games with the same purpose as always”.
Portugal know they are not yet fully dependent on themselves to make a presence in Italy next year and as such the manager is not relaxed until he is at least one of the second best teams.
“We are two games away and we know that we depend on them [Romania] at this point.” We can not say that we depend on ourselves but we believe we can be one of the four best seconds. game we can be better seconds, “he explained.
The Portuguese under-21s are third in Group 8 with 16 points, two fewer than Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has one more game than Portuguese and Romanians.
Still, Rui Jorge said that all the scenarios were twisted before qualifying began and regretted that the current situation is not the best for the Under-21s.
“We failed at home against Romania [1-2].” We had never lost at home in qualifying and we could not keep up with the results we were making.
In the 23-man squad, the great news is called defender Diogo Dalot of Manchester United, England, who had missed the previous call due to injury, as well as the debut of also defender Rúben Vinagre, of the Englishmen of Wolverhamton.
The ‘quinas’ team faces Liechtenstein on 11 October at 17:30 in Vaduz and Bosnia on 16 October at 19:00 at the Estádio do Marítimo in Funchal.
List of 23 called:
– Goalkeepers: João Virgínia (Everton, Ing) and Joel Pereira (Vitória de Setúbal).
– Defenders: Diogo Leite (FC Porto), Fernando Fonseca (FC Porto), Francisco Ferreira (Benfica), Ivanildo Fernandes (Moreirense), Jorge Fernandes (Tondela), Pedro Amaral (Benfica), Yuri Ribeiro Wolverhamton, Eng) and Diogo Dalot (Manchester United, Eng).
– Midfielder: André Horta (Los Angeles, USA), João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest, Ing), João Félix (Benfica), Pereira Lage (Clermont Foot, Fra), Pêpê (Vitória de Setúbal, Por), Stephen Eustaquio Chaves, Por) and Bruno Costa (FC Porto).
– Advanced: Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest, Ing), Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton, Ing), Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest, Ing), Heriberto Tavares (Moreirense) and João Filipe (Benfica).