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Ronaldo and his family to conquer Josy-Barthel

In the absence of the new national stadium, it is on the lawn of the old official ground that the Portuguese team will come to warm up this Monday, before facing Luxembourg in the framework of the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup. 2022.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

In the absence of the new national stadium, it is on the lawn of the old official ground that the Portuguese team will come to warm up this Monday, before facing Luxembourg in the framework of the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup. 2022.

A scrub and a training session: this is the daily menu for the Portuguese national team for this Monday. At 5.30 p.m. sharp, Ronaldo, Jota and coach Fernando Santos have an appointment at Josy-Barthel, after taking up their quarters at Sofitel Europe in Kirchberg. A return to the lawn after the disappointment against Serbia (2-2) and while waiting to find the eleven Luxembourg, Tuesday evening. Luxembourgers in confidence after having created the feat by beating Ireland (0-1) in the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Tuesday, March 30, from 8:45 p.m., Luc Holtz’s players will however have to keep their feet on the ground against this adversary, with wounded pride. Provided that the Portuguese attackers do not want revenge during this meeting of their (controversial) draw last Saturday. The star striker of the Seleção was refused by the referee of the match a goal however very legitimate.

The pressure will therefore be on the side of the referee of this Tuesday’s meeting (Russian Sergei Ivanov) but also in the Roude Léiw camp. A formation whose coach will not reveal the composition until Tuesday, but which has in its ranks a number of players of Portuguese-speaking origins. We think of Gerson Rodrigues (playing for Dynamo Kiev), Mica Pinto (Sparta Rotterdam), Christopher Martins (Young Boys), Leandro Barreiro (Mainz) or Marvin Martins (Casa Pia). And not one would want to miss the opportunity to face the Portuguese.



But, even at home, the 90 minutes look delicate for Luxembourg players. Luc Holtz will have to find the words (and the strategy) to consolidate his block. A heavy defeat should not be added to the sadness of not having been able to welcome the “quinas” on the lawn of the brand new national stadium as hoped. But the new infrastructure does not yet meet all of UEFA’s requirements to host a match of this level.


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