As a preview of this Friday’s meeting with Iceland, in the qualifying group stage for the 2023 Europeans, Rui Jorge recalled the importance of Vitinha among the under-21s before his rise to the main team.
“Vitinha has played a leading role in this team for the last 21 games. Now it’s on another level. Fortunately for Vitinha and for those who came to take his place. We continue to have quality, not at Vitinha’s level, otherwise they would be at another level, but with a lot of quality,” the coach said of the FC Porto midfielder.
Regarding the match with the Icelanders, he admitted that it was a “slightly atypical preparation”, given the number of departures, but that the players are “well prepared” to face a difficult opponent. “Iceland created a lot of chances for us, they could have scored [no último confronto, na Islândia]. One of the goals is that they can’t create as many opportunities.