Futsal team wants to be competitive in tests with Spain for European Championship
The ability to discuss the triumph in the two friendly games to be held this weekend by the Portuguese futsal team in Spain will be the best way to prepare for Euro’2022, defended goalkeeper André Sousa.
“The idea is to prepare against them, because they’re one of the best teams and because we have to be at a high level to do a good performance, and then we’ll be at our European. It’s true that of the three victories, two were in important phases… “, illustrated the athlete, to the federation’s website.
On the ground of the rival, who has already been seven times champion of Europe and two of the world, the Portuguese only won once, in a preparation challenge, while the other successes, in a total of 30 matches, occurred in the final of Euro’2018 and in the quarter finals of the 2021 World Cup.
“I think it’s been gradual to bring it closer together. The way we’ve played and fought against Spain is different from what we’ve done a decade ago. The World Cup proves to be proof of that – losing 2-0, we managed to succeed turn around, in a heroic game, in a brutal game, with minutes lived in great intensity. I think it is this quality that we have been showing over the years, that makes the difference in these moments”, he stressed.
The selection started today a one-week internship in Rio Maior for the clashes on Saturday and Sunday in Rincon de la Vitoria, Malaga.
The Benfica athlete, who can fulfill his 100th cap for Portugal, hopes that the team can “maintain the excellent level” it has shown, against “one of the best teams in the world”.
“It is an important brand in any sporting career. I am happy to have been here for many years and to reach the 100th international appearance is always a pleasure and it is also a sign that the work is being done well and well directed. to do it, “added the player, who was at the 2010 European Championships, 2012, 2014 and 2018 and at the 2012 and 2021 World Cups.
Portugal will defend the European title between January 19 and February 6 in the Netherlands, joining group A, along with the teams of Serbia, Netherlands and Ukraine.