Portugal manager Fernando Santos started Liverpool forward Diogo Jota on the bench for the Portugal vs France clash.
His benching proved to be unlucky for Portugal, as they lost 0-1 to France. However, Santos doesn’t think him not starting Jota was anyone’s business.
“As I said before, this team played in France and did very well there. And I don’t remember someone asking me why Diogo Jota did not start the game,” the Portugal coach told a news conference.
“Jota is definitely a top-quality player, everybody knows that. So is Bernardo, and the same goes for Cristiano. And Felix, too. If Jota had played and the team’s performance wasn’t good, you would ask me why Bernardo or Felix didn’t play as Felix is in top form at Atletico Madrid and Bernardo is Bernardo. That’s normal.
“I understand your question and I am alright with it. It’s normal to listen to these questions after the game.
“But I don’t believe this was our problem. We had collective issues and we couldn’t stop France playing. And perhaps one or another problem in the midfield, too.”
“Obviously it will be difficult tomorrow but we must move on and focus on the game against Croatia. We must go there and play well, as this team is used to doing.”