Between Fernando Santos and Roberto Martinez, Cancelo made his choice


By: Manu Tournoux

For Joao Cancelo, the rotation system put in place by coach Roberto Martinez is a good thing for Portugal.

Everything is going well for Joao Cancelo (21 appearances, 3 goals, 2 assists). Performing at club and national level, the Barça right-back said he was very satisfied with the rotation put in place by Roberto Martinez since his arrival at the head of Portugal last January. In an interview with the 1 Para 1 podcast, the former Citizen considered that this strategy was beneficial for the entire Lusitanian group, comparing his approach with that of his predecessor, Fernando Santos.

“Fernando Santos often used the same eleven”

“I don’t want to devalue what Fernando did,” Cancelo said first. Already, I thank him for everything he has done for me. There are moments, especially during the World Cup (2022), when I would have liked to give more of myself, and I did not succeed. It’s my fault… He allowed me to realize my dream of playing in this jersey. He has a big heart and I consider him a friend…”

And added: “Roberto Martinez is a coach who gives other types of instructions,” he continued. Fernando Santos often used the same eleven, there were fewer changes, and I feel that the players feel better with Roberto Martinez compared to this rotation put in place. We all have a role in this selection, we feel that there is no indisputable starter, and I think that is good for the selection. »

As a reminder, during the qualifying phase for Euro 2024, the Seleção won its 10 matches, finishing first in its group ahead of Slovakia, Luxembourg, Iceland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Liechtenstein. The 2016 European champions will be keen to defend the colors of their team from June 14 in Germany.

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