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Ireland vs Portugal is really a cup final


Ireland vs Portugal LIVE: Portuguese coach Fernando Santos says ‘This game with Ireland is really a final,’ as Portugal try to finish at top spot

Ireland vs Portugal LIVE: Portugal aim top spot: Cristiano Ronaldo & Co will play Serbia next week that will be virtual be a virtual final with the winners confirming their place in the FIFA 2022 World Cup while the losers could be forced to go through the second round of qualifiers. But Portugal coach Fernando Santos isn’t perturbed. His target is to win the match against Ireland. Follow Ireland vs Portugal Live on InsideSport.

During this week’s press conference, local media questioned Portugal boss Fernando Santos with questions about their game at home to Serbia, insisting that Portugal need to win a “cup final” in Dublin before hosting the Serbians, Santos emphasised the importance of this game.

Ireland vs Portugal LIVE: Portugal coach Fernando Santos aims top spot, says ‘Not focused on Serbia, want to win against Ireland’

“I have to think about Ireland. If you want to ask me all these questions before the Serbia game, I’ll answer. But now let me think about Ireland, please. The game with Ireland is fundamental. In a little while, we have a game with Ireland. A month ago, I said that Portugal had four finals, we have two more and what we have to do is win them to be where we want to be, which is in the World Cup finals,” Fernando Santos said.



 

Ireland vs Portugal LIVE: Portugal coach Fernando Santos aims top spot, says ‘Not focused on Serbia, want to win against Ireland’

Portugal’s manager has demanded that any talk of a winner-takes-all clash between his side and Serbia in Lisbon is put to one side until Portugal have dealt with the challenge of Ireland next week.

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Ireland vs Portugal LIVE: Portuguese coach Fernando Santos says ‘This game with Ireland is really a final,’ as Portugal try to finish at top spot

“We have a final to play on Thursday and I will choose a team according to what we think is best for the team so that we can win that game. This game with Ireland is really a final. And we have to win it. I have no margin for error. I don’t think so. Just look at the results to see that this margin does not exist. We have to win in Ireland and at home against Serbia. What I have and what makes me calm are the players I called up. I know I have a range of players who will respond very well in these two finals. We have to face the games in the same way we have always done,” Santos said.

Ireland vs Portugal LIVE: Portugal coach Fernando Santos aims top spot, says ‘Not focused on Serbia, want to win against Ireland’

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Fernando Santos has decided to take a full squad including all the big-hitters like Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandez, Benardo Silva, Ruben Diaz, Diogo Jota and Joao Cancelo.

Ireland vs Portugal LIVE: Portugal coach Fernando Santos aims top spot, says ‘Not focused on Serbia, want to win against Ireland’





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