They lost 2-0 in Switzerland on the opening day of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, they spent more than a year looking at the Swiss’ back in the table of their group, but on the very last day they beat them 2-0 in Lisbon to ‘catch’ them on 27 points, and leave them second taking advantage of their far better goal difference.
Portugal are in the World Cup finals, and Fernando Santos talked about his team’s strongest points.
When you have quality and organisation you are always closer to winning. This team came back to play very well, with good ball control. Not all of the 90 minutes were perfect but fortunately we won and we are in Russia
the Portugal national coach told reporters, minutes after their 2-0 win over Switzerland. It was a Johan Djourou owngoal that gave the hosts the lead late in the first half, with Andre Silva practically finishing the game off with his 2-0 in the 57th minute.
I always thought it was possible,. I had confidence in my players and luckily they gave me this gift. There is a perfect symbiosis between coach and players. I always believe in my players. It is not easy to have 25 players with this mindset and it creates a fantastic environment. I believe in our work, in the work of the technical team and in the work of the federation. It is this collaboration that gives us this result
Santos also said.