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Portugal forward urges tactical mastery against Türkiye at EURO 2024

Portugal forward urges tactical mastery against Türkiye at EURO 2024 Diogo Jota of Portugal celebrates scoring Portugal’s fifth goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 against Luxembourg at Faro, Portugal on September 11, 2023.
By Newsroom
Jun 20, 2024 10:15 PM

As Portugal prepares to face Türkiye in their second Group F encounter at EURO 2024 on Saturday, Portuguese forward Diogo Jota has stressed the importance of strategic control to counter Türkiye’s formidable individual talents.

Speaking at a press conference held in Harsewinkel, Germany, where the Portuguese team is currently based for their tournament preparations, Jota acknowledged the challenge posed by Türkiye’s skilled roster. “We anticipate a different challenge compared to our first match. Türkiye boasts exceptional individual players. They adopt a different tactical approach compared to our previous opponent, the Czech Republic,” he stated.

Portugal secured a victory over the Czech Republic in their opening fixture, and Jota expressed confidence in replicating their success against Türkiye. “Our objective is to dictate the game as we did against the Czech Republic. Türkiye tends not to sit back defensively, so it’s crucial we maintain our focus and deny them opportunities,” he emphasized.

Reflecting on Türkiye’s spirited performance against Georgia in their group opener, Jota observed the passionate support from Turkish fans and the volatile nature of football outcomes. “I witnessed firsthand the fervent support of Turkish fans during their match against Georgia. Football is unpredictable, and we cannot afford to allow Türkiye the same freedom that Georgia did,” Jota remarked.

Looking ahead to their upcoming clash at BVB Dortmund Stadium on Saturday, June 22, Jota underscored the significance of securing another victory to enhance Portugal’s chances of advancing in the tournament. “Our primary goal is to progress beyond the group stage, and this match presents a pivotal opportunity. We are fully focused on executing our game plan effectively,” he concluded.

The encounter between Portugal and Türkiye promises to be a compelling battle as both teams vie for crucial points in Group F of EURO 2024.

Last Updated:  Jun 22, 2024 12:57 PM