Roy Keane isn’t surprised that Bruno Fernandes has been left on the bench for Portugal’s game with Belgium, citing the midfielders lack of form at Euro 2020.
Fernandes has been a revelation for Manchester United since he joined them last year, but has missed out on Portugal’s starting team for the second game in a row after a disappointing start to Euro 2020.
Former Republic of Ireland international Keane was speaking to ITV before Portugal’s game against Belgium and admitted that he isn’t surprised that Fernandes has been left on the bench by manager Fernando Santos.
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‘No surprises with the changes he’s made.’
“No, [I’m] not really [surprised] because of the other options. He’s not really been in top form in the tournament. His body language is not great and he’s not performed,” Keane commented.
“The beauty of it for the manager is you like at the Portuguese players and the options he’s got. The plus for Portugal so far is they’ve scored seven goals but they’ve conceded six.
“The worry for Portugal with the way they play, and particularly for the attacking players, if this turns into a shoot out I think they’ll suffer today. But no surprise with the changes he’s made.”
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“He’s not really been on top form in the tournament. His body language? Not great. He’s not performed… no surprise with the changes the manager has made.”#BELPOR | #ITVFootball | #Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/qnNXAUJOyz
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Bruno Fernandes’ Euro 2020 so far.
Fernandes started in Portugal’s opening two Euro 2020 matches against Hungary and Germany, but found himself on the bench for the decisive group stage game against France and has been again left out of the starting team against Belgium.
The 26-year-old played a lot of football for Man United this season, and many have suggested that the midfielder has simply gotten tired after a busy year.
Fernandes did come on as a substitute against France however, and could still have a significant role to play for his country as they look to retain their European crown.