Portugal head coach Fernando Santos has spoken out after their Euro 2020 last-16 tie. Among other football news today, Santos discusses Portugal’s exit from Euro 2020 after their 0-1 loss against Belgium.
“This game is a big disappointment for us because we believed we could win like we did in 2016. The players are crying, as are all the Portuguese,” Santos told.
“There are things that can help you in the future,” he explained. “In 2018 we left the World Cup at the 1/8 final stage and the following year we won the League of Nations.”
“We have to look ahead and try to win the next World Cup,” he thus reasoned.
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Further, as Fernando Santos discusses Portugal’s exit from Euro 2020, he has also conveyed his emotions about their opponents Belgium.
“We are disappointed and saddened,” the coach toldabout his defending Euro 2016 champions, adding to his UEFA interview.
“Some players are crying in the changing room. They gave their all,” he elaborated.
“Belgium had six shots and one on goal, we had 29 and twice hit the post,” he then said, about their rivals. “But a defeat is a defeat. To be honest, I have no words.”
“We all wanted to go on and we believed,” he despaired. “We had confidence that we could reach the final and win. There is no fairness or unfairness, we just conceded a goal and could not score.”
“There is no luck or bad luck,” he said. “One shot on your goal and you suffer. We had a lot of different situations when the goalkeeper took the ball.”
“Players gave their best, they did their best, I can’t blame them,” Santos said about his Portugal team. “The players were tired, but still found the strength to overcome the difference in freshness between the teams. But now it’s just words.”