Five things Portugal needs to do to defeat France


10 Jul 2016

Five things Portugal needs to do to defeat France

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– Portugal are playing the important game in their history against France in the finals

– The French team are favoured to win following their performance against Germany

– The Selecao have to take certain precautions if they want to snatch victory against the hosts

Portugal are in the second ever European Champonship final this Sunday against host nation, France and it is the only thing standing between Cristiano Ronaldo dream of winning a trophyy for his country.

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Didier Deschamps men are high in confidence as it just keeps getting better in all of their matches with victories over The Re;ublic of Ireland, Iceland and reigning world champions, Germany and Portugal know have a mountain to climb to defeat the highly favoured Les Blues.

The men of the moment Antoine Griezmanm, Dimitri Payet and Oivier Giroud have scored notable amount of goals and Portugal must be wary of the treat the trio poses to them.

Here are five things Portugal needs to do to defeat France

1. Risk Pepe: If Portugal wants to hold their own in the defence the Real Madrid central defender should be paired with Southampton man, Jose Fonte because the duo have combined well since the start of the tournament.

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Pepe
Pepe

2. Not letting Giroud turn: Though the Arsenal striker has not scored many goals but his physical presence in the attack and aerial contribution has been a factor to Antoine Griezman’s sterling performance in front of goal.

Giroud scores the opener agaonst Iceland
Giroud scores the opener agaonst Iceland

The former Montpellier man’s influence can be reduced by Portugal which could limit the chances created in 90 minutes.

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3. Don’t let Payet cut inside:  This could be a difficult task for the Selecao’s but one distinctive factor about their squad is that they all packed with midfielders so if the midfield area is congested, the West Ham man will be limited to cut into advantage positions.

Payet
Payet

4. Don’t leave Griezmann unattended when possession turns over: The Atletico Madrid striker has not only score goals at Euro 2016 he is also technically gifted as he cleverly holds on to possession in midfield and against Germany he was a hand full whenever the Germans lost the ball to the French.

Euro 2016
Euro 2016

William Carvalho should be on the look out for the little man when such occasion occurs and Portugal should also avoid giving the ball away cheaply too.

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5. Target Evra: The only weak link in the Les Blues defence is the left back position and the Juventus midfielder has been a regular recipient of yellow cards since the tournament started.

Ricardo Quaresma should be used as a distraction for the former Manchester United defender and once he is cautioned he would have to defend with extra care.

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News Source: NAIJ, 9jaTales

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