Yes i think Portugal can beat these guys all they have is fast strikers Figo needs to be at his DEMOLISHING best so does Rui Costa who in my opinino hasn't done to well this tournament... Who remebers his goal vs. R.Ireland which sent us to Euro 96 ??? what a screamer... I also think that Paulo Sousa should play as he has alot more experience he looked ok vs. Turkey. Our defence also needs to be extremely focused 7 Zidane can't have much room 2 operate...
this is my thoughts on the game vs. France & if France don't get what they want they are gonna start pushing forward in numbers which will leave big gaps in defence and will be good for a counter attacking play...
One thing is for sure we should continue to play the way we have all along and that's attack...attack....attack because I don't think any team can attack like Portugal in this Euro 2000 except maybe Holland! If we sit back and just wait for them we will be in trouble the whole game! We should not be intimitated, we should ram the ball right down their throats and make them feel the wrath of the Portuguese! Move over world their's a new sherrif in town!
Yeah, we should play like the other games so far. The only games we loose are when we think the other team is too good and we start playing some crap defensive game that just isnt Portugal. I didnt think Frances defense looked all that good vs Spain. Figo, Rui, JVP and Sergio (if he plays) could make them pay.
France can be beaten. I think Figo will eat up either lizarazu or thuram, which will open up the game for portugal. We need to keep their offense in check. Paulo Bento, Costinha, Paulo Sousa, Vidigal ??? has to stop zidane from creating opportunities for himself and his team. Costa needs to take a crack at Henry early and slow him down. I have faith, Redeagle told me about even before the tournament started that we would win, I had a hard time believing him then, but now...Portugal European Champion has a nice ring to it.
I am travelling to lisbon on thursday, hopefully to celebrate a portugal win and preparing for the final along my countrypeople.
Thank you all for pointing out my faith in this team. I know France is a great team, that Zidane is in great form, that they have the best defense, and that their strikers are deadly.
However the one thing that I've known about Portugal since this shin-dig started is that they fear no one anymore, that they are as good as anyone top-to-bottom, that they have a prolific goal scorer (who with the exception of Razor) no one believed on, and most importantly that they are very hungry to finally prove that they are the best in the world just like they did in 89 and 91!
The only thing that I was not sure on was the coach, but he has proved me wrong...He has made all the right moves. Forca Coelho!
With that in mind I know we can beat France! Bento or Sousa should zone out Zidane, Vieira and co. Their strikers should be shackled by our defense. I hope Xavier plays! Dimas has been on all tournament, and Couto and Costa, well you can't say enough.
Rui Costa has to play well...cannot miss goals. Conceicao can abuse either Thuram or Lizarazu as can Figo. That will open it up for Nuno, Rui, and JVP. They have to be dead on. They will not get many chances as Blanc and Dessaily are outstanding. Also we have an extra day of rest following an easier game..it should help.
Well, everybody said it all. France is not untouchable in any way, and "champ" labels are useless, as our players showed to Germany ( uhuhu ) They can't fail goals, but then they've scored in most of their chances so far.
Sure they have to watch out for "dangerous" players, but I'm worried with freekicks and cornerkicks, as the French are very dangerous in that kind of play. Our team also can't get nervous like they did with Turkey, it could have fatal consequences with Djorkaeff and Zidane around.
A good playing Portugal can wipe out France, and I have no doubt about that!
What I'm mad about is that when the game starts I'll be in a FREAKING STUPID EVALUATION MEETING at school that starts at the same time!!!
But if we win, they'll put our flag on the school's _flagstick_ (whoops, how do you call that in English?), and there will be party and surely too much alcohol circulating