The defending champions of the UEFA Nations League will begin their title defence in September against Croatia and Sweden. A wealth of talent is available for Portugal entering the first set of Nations League fixtures, and the usual stars will feature. Players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes will be in action for their home country.
Portugal’s squad includes a heavy presence of Premier League stars, with eight of the 24-man squad playing in England’s top-flight.
Cristiano Ronaldo Headlines Portugal’s September UEFA Nations League Squad
📋 Esta é a nossa equipa para o início da Liga das Nações: que comece a defesa do título! 🏆 #TodosPortugal
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📋 This is our squad for the Nations League kick-off: let the title defense begin! 🏆 #TeamPortugal pic.twitter.com/1jSPSw96LV
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) August 24, 2020
A Strong Portugal Squad All-Around
Not much has changed for Portugal since they last lifted the Nations League title during the 2018/19 edition of the competition. Of the starting XI that featured in the final against the Netherlands, only one player is not in this squad.
The Portuguese are going to field a squad fully capable of reaching the final of this competition once more. Their opening fixtures against Croatia and Sweden could very well end up resulting in six points, which would give them a commanding lead in League A Group 3.
The Nations League is shaping up to be another possible success for Portugal. With veterans and up and coming talents alike, they should be able to top their Nations League group with ease.
Will We See Joao Felix’s First Portugal Goal?
Portugal’s young star Joao Felix has yet to score a senior team goal for Portugal. He started in the final against the Netherlands in 2019 and has made a total of five appearances for the senior team. Both of the upcoming fixtures will offer Joao Felix the opportunity to get his first goal for Portugal.
His season at Atletico Madrid resulted in six goals in 27 La Liga appearances, with a better record in the UEFA Champions League, with three goals in six appearances. The 20-year-old forward will be one to watch for during these first set of Nations League fixtures. His first goal for Portugal has remained elusive.
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