Euro 2020 team guides part 24: Portugal

Our series ends with the defending champions, who have the ability and experience to win again under Fernando Santos

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 11 June.

Listening to Fernando Santos and his players, it is clear they believe a repeat of what happened five years ago is possible. In 2016, Portugal went all the way and won the Euros. “I will not say the same sentences I said before Euro 2016, I will not photocopy anything because a copy is not the same as the original,” says Santos. “What I can say, though, is it has been a long time since Portugal entered a major tournament just to compete in it. Portugal enter a major tournament to win it.”

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