Manuel Neuer’s post is still shaking. Renato Sanches (23), who came into play at the break against Germany, was particularly distinguished by an overpowering strike with the right foot leaving the porter of the Mannschaft, saved by his amount, without reaction. More than this action, the midfielder, if he is not exempt from all reproach on the third German goal, brought a dynamism and a desire that were sorely lacking in Portugal, finally defeated in Munich (4-2, 2nd day of group F).
Against Hungary (3-0, 1st day), his entry into play had already undeniably brought more to the game of the Seleção das Quinas, bringing its physical impact and creating discrepancies. While the double pivot William Carvalho-Danilo Pereira is the target of criticism from many observers in the country, the Lillois, crowned champion of France, could well have his say against the France team on Wednesday ( 3rd day), explains the Correio da Manhã, which announces the holder in the midfield.
The parallel with 2016
Xeka, his partner at LOSC, is convinced, the former Benfica must start this meeting. “Renato deserves to be a starter. For his current form, for what he showed. For me, yes, he would play against France, without a doubt ”, he blurted out Record before adding. “I know Renato. I train with him every day. Its characteristics are unique. Irreverence, aggressiveness, his ability to change the course of a match, few players have that at the world level. It was important in 2016. Why not in 2021? ”.
In 2016, in France, at the end of a season which had seen him reveal himself at Benfica, Renato Sanches, who has progressed enormously since, had exploded in the eyes of the general public, by winning the title with Portugal, then going to Bayern Munich. What to give ideas to a Fernando Santos already against the ropes after the first two days of the Euro? Answer Wednesday.