Bruno confident of Portugal's chances

Wednesday 12 June 2024 12:00

Bruno Fernandes fancies Portugal’s chances of glory at the European Championship, after a perfect qualifying campaign for Roberto Martinez’s men.

The Selecao, who lifted the trophy in 2016, won every game in Group J, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Slovakia home and away.

Fernandes played a starring role on the road to Germany, contributing six goals to Portugal’s sizeable final tally of 36.

Our skipper also led the way in terms of assists, setting up his team-mates eight times and acting as the creative hub of a side that has only lost twice since Martinez took charge in January 2023, in friendlies against Slovenia and Croatia.

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Although they were eliminated by the Netherlands in the round of 16 three years ago, Portugal have great pedigree in this tournament, having not failed to reach the knockout stages in eight previous attempts.

And an assertive Bruno sees no reason why they shouldn’t have another strong showing in 2024.

“I’m really confident. I’m pretty sure that we have everything to do a great Euros,” said Fernandes, when we asked him about the tournament back in March for our TeamViewer Diaries series.

“Everyone in Portugal in the squad, until now, is quite confident that we can make a great thing, and, obviously, we have many good players with great qualities.

“I think we’ve been really functional as a team and we saw it with 10 out of 10 wins in the qualification.

“We feel that we have something to say in these Euros, but we have to find out when we start playing, because that is the moment that we have to do something and say something.”

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Portugal’s bid to win the Euros for a second time begins on Tuesday 18 June, when they open their Group F campaign with a game against Czech Republic in Leipzig.

A meeting with Turkey follows four days later, at Dortmund’s iconic Westfalenstadion, before a head-to-head with tournament debutants Georgia in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday 26 June.

Fernandes’s United team-mate Diogo Dalot has also been named in the squad, as has former Reds favourite Cristiano Ronaldo, 20 years after his first appearance at a Euros finals.