In 15 minutes of open training, this Sunday, there was a lot of exchange of impressions, a few jokes and a real friendship, but before we were asked to leave Bessa, Fernando Santos threw a little game, forming two teams in one area of the field to fast ball rally drills in a small space.
It was therefore curious to see the positioning of Pepe, following a four-man scheme with João Cancelo, a return to the XI given as undisputed, after punishment, Gonçalo Inácio, which would be a total surprise, given that he was the player passed over the accounts of the clash with Turkey, but this could be a new solution, after the permeabilities revealed by the duo Danilo / José Fonte, and also Nuno Mendes on the left, who, given the rotation of matches played at PSG, always be a very valid alternative, even for the management of the physical condition, to the holder against Turkey, Raphael Guerreiro.
So it was Pepe’s return to the work of the Selection, regarding what could be extracted by the press. The 39-year-old Portuguese-Brazilian is one of those players who never makes the coach doubt. If you’re fit, you’ve got it. If Fernando Santos saw his usual defensive line wasted against Turkey, it won’t come as a big surprise if he upsets them. All in all, it seems more difficult. But who knows?