Portugal boss Fernando Santos insisted his side had “a lot of room for improvement” despite a 4-0 victory over Israel in their last Euro warm-up game.
Bruno Fernandes is on the scoresheet on either side of Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo strikes as the reigning champions prepare for this summer’s tournament with an outright victory.
But, speaking after full time, Santos shared concerns about elements of the performance, including a lull in the first half.
“The first part, not being extraordinary, was good,” he told RTP.
“We played very well in the first 20 minutes, with great intensity in the different moments of play, circulating the ball well and looking for the flanks.
“Then we had a quarter of an hour with less [urgency], but we accelerated towards the end and ended up scoring two goals.
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The 66-year-old then revealed that he tried a new tactical approach in the second half at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
But, while he didn’t think his changes were working particularly well, the veteran boss noted a positive note ahead of Portugal’s title defense against Hungary next Tuesday.
He added: “In the second I changed things up a bit, I tried to put one more man next to Ronaldo and two midfielders coming from inside, but it didn’t worked.
“We started to miss a lot of passes and the ball flow was not very good. There is a lot to improve on, certainly.
“Now, let’s rest and calmly prepare for the Euro. This team has enormous willpower and excellent team spirit.