Portugal are one of the favourites to win Euro 2020 this summer season.
Whereas their triumph on the European Championships 5 years in the past might need come as a serious shock, there can be no such shock if the Selecao retained their continental crown in 2020.
Apart from, it is universally accepted that the present crop of Portuguese expertise is definitely superior to the cohort that defeated France on the Stade de France courtesy of Eder’s iconic winner.
Portugal’s Euro 2020 hopes
The likes of Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Diogo Jota and Renato Sanches are all getting into Euro 2020 in incredible kind and that is earlier than we point out the small matter of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nonetheless, arguably the largest space during which Portugal have improved their ranks since Euro 2016 has been in attacking midfield as a result of they now have a sure Bruno Fernandes at their disposal.
The Manchester United common was between spells at Udinese and Sampdoria when Portugal conquered the continent in 2016 and would not make his worldwide debut till the next 12 months.
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Fernandes and Portugal
However fast-forward to 2020 and there is a quiet understanding that if Portugal are to retain their standing as European champions that it is going to be in no small half right down to Fernandes taking part in his greatest soccer.
United followers have seen Fernandes firing on all cylinders throughout the 2020/21 marketing campaign, however the 26-year-old has struggled to have an identical impression relating to the worldwide set-up.
Or so we thought. With Euro 2020 lower than 48 hours away, Portugal performed their ultimate warm-up sport towards Israel on Wednesday night time and Fernandes dropped a masterclass in midfield.
Fernandes’ particular person highlights
Serving to himself to 2 incredible targets and laying on an help for Ronaldo besides, Fernandes reminded the world of the standard he can convey to Euro 2020 throughout a convincing 4-0 victory.
And within the aftermath of such a incredible efficiency, it is solely pure that particular person highlights have emerged with Twitter customers @ClipsMu and @CompsMU stitching collectively Fernandes’ greatest bits.
Even if you happen to solely watch the montages for the sheer brilliance of Fernandes’ second objective, it’s going to have been well worth the effort and time, so make sure to take a look at his very good show down under:
Euro 2020 is not prepared for Fernandes. Unimaginable stuff.
Fernandes able to take Euro 2020 by storm
Whereas, sure, Israel are not at all the very best stage of opposition, Fernandes’ swaggering show was the proof we have wanted for a very long time that he can thrive in Fernando Santos’ system.
There may be a lot high quality on the prime finish of Portugal’s midfield that balancing the likes of Fernandes and Bernardo Silva has been tough at instances, however there seems to be mild on the finish of the tunnel.
Certain, Silva is world-class, too, however on the again of the season that Fernandes has loved, you will forgive us for considering that getting the very best out of the United star is extra essential to Portugal’s probabilities.
And if he can produce something like the type of performances that noticed him brush apart Israel at Euro 2020, then do not be shocked if he helps to encourage Portugal to the European summit as soon as once more.