Wednesday is a big day, Confederations cup 2017 semi-finals will begin on 28th June with the first match between Portugal and Chile and the other Semi-final match will be going on Thursday 29th June between Germany against Mexico.
The first semi-final between Portugal and Chile the glamour match of the Confederations Cup 2017, we expect this to be the final, because Chile couldn’t get it done in group stages (two draws and a win) made them second in the group. Portugal though the best team in Confederations cup 2017 so far.
They are gaining momentum and they are getting better in each game. And lot of that has to do with the service that Cristiano Ronaldo has been getting in the assistance from Bernardo Silva. He played well in the second and third match and he scored a goal as well. Ricardo Quaresma has been fantastic in the tournament.
Andre Silva playing up top in a natural number 9 for Portugal playing alongside Ronaldo. Ronaldo is giving space to Silva, Silva is giving space to Ronaldo, it just seems like everything is clicking right now for Portugal, the only concern going into the semi-final is about Pepe. Pepe is with Portugal for probably near decade now. He is such a crucial player for them. But they have to go on without him.
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This is not the best backline for Portugal, especially against a team like Chile, the two things that helps them is, Chile is not scoring at high rate, they have only got 4 goals in ‘Confederations Cup 2017’ from 3 matches. The other thing is there isn’t lot of goals. There are some opportunities for both team. It’s a big match for Portugal sure for missing pepe.
Portugal cold be missing three players from the backline, RAPHAEL GUERREIRO is ruled out of the tournament with the broken leg, William and Cedric is also not confirmed. But they still have enough to beat Chile. Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has all 23 players fit and ready for the match.
Portugal has a descent record against Chile with a two wins and a draw, but that was before when they won two Copa America’s in a row. Chile definitely has quality in their attacks with their Vargas and Alexis of front. And that’s going to be a problem for Portugal to worry about.
However speaking about their defence, Portugal has slowly been improving in Confederations Cup 2017 as well, after letting that 2-1 lead slips against Mexico in their first match in the tournament.
Ronaldo is been scoring, Andre Silva is performing well, Bernardo Silva is looking pretty good out there, and with Alves replacing front for the final two matches of the group stage the defence is looking better. So this will be a tough game.
“Our style of play is very demanding, the playesr have to put in a great effort. Our opponent know this and they often have a different way of playing against us, they tend not to take the initiative. There is no doubt this causes wear and tear – Pizzi”
Portugal squad for confederations cup 2017:
Beto (Sporting CP), Jose Sa (Porto), Rui Patricio (Sporting), Bruno Alves (Cagliari), Cedric (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Jose Fonte (West Ham), Luis Neto (Zenit), Nelson Semedo (Benfica), Pepe (Real Madrid), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Adrien Silva (Sporting CP), Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Danilo Pereira (Porto), Joao Mario (Inter), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Pizzi (Benfica) and William Carvalho (Sporting CP), Andre Silva (Porto), Bernardo Silva (Monaco), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Nani (Valencia) and Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)
chile squad for confederations cup 2017:
Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Claudio Bravo (Manchester City), Nicolas Castillo (Pumas UNAM), Marcelo Diaz (Celta Vigo), Paulo Diaz (San Lorenzo), Felipe Gutierrez (Internacional), Pedro Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo), Mauricio Isla (Cagliari), Gary Medel (Inter), Eugenio Mena (Sport Recife), Edson Punch (Necaxa), Enzo Roco (Cruz Azul), Martin Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Francisco Silva (Cruz Azul), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres UANL), Arturo Vidal (Bayern)
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