LE BALLON – Leonardo Jardim and the World Cup: “I have total confidence in the players and the coach” (Selection)

Leonardo Jardim commented on Portugal’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup in an interview with France Presse. The former coach of Al-Hilal, emblem of Saudi Arabia which he left a little over a month ago, said he was “completely confident” in the presence of the national team at the tournament which will be hosted by Qatar, although it still has to defeat two opponents. in the playoffs.

“I have full confidence in these players. We have a very good team. I also have full confidence in our coach. Fernando Santos is the only one to have won trophies for Portugal and I think he will guarantee qualification said the 47-year-old Portuguese coach.

After qualification, Jardim does not put Portugal among the main candidates to win the title. “The favorite teams are always the same, some Europeans and Brazil. Argentina, less, and Spain, it’s better. It also depends on the form at that time and the draw. Depending on that, there are also teams like Portugal or Italy that can do something,” he said in a conversation with the French press agency.

Portugal will face Turkey next Thursday (7:45 p.m.), at the Estádio do Dragão. If he wins, he will have as his last opponent in this playoffs access to the World Cup the winner of the match between Italy and North Macedonia on the 29th.

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