Guedes proves his worth with Portugal
Goncalo Guedes justified national team head coach Fernando Santos‘ faith in him by scoring against Serbia.
The Valencia winger continues to make an impact for his country much in the same way he did in the Nation’s League final against the Netherlands where he netted the winner against new club teammate Jasper Cillessen.
The 22-year-old is now firmly established in the Portuguese national team and, if this was ever in doubt, the clash against Serbia is proof that Santos believes in Guedes‘ talent, as he played seventy minutes in the 4-2 victory.
Speaking after the game, Guedes was satisfied with his overall performance and the fact that he managed to hit the back of the net.
“I don’t know if it’s becoming a habit just yet, but I try to do my best to help the team, I’ve done my best today. I was lucky to be able to score and to help the team, so I’m very happy.”
“I received the ball, and of course we only have seconds to decide our next move. I saw that I had an opportunity to cut to my left, then I shot, and I was lucky to score,” he added.
Guedes was coy regarding the competition for a starting place coming from Atletico Madrid‘s young sensation Joao Felix.
“I don’t feel any pressure, the coach decides who should play, we are a group and whoever is chosen to play will have a lot of quality regardless, and will do a good job on the pitch.”
Unfortunately for Guedes, his club career has somewhat stagnated, having failed to make an impact during his cameo for Valencia against Real Madrid or in the following games against Celta Vigo and Real Mallorca.
Nevertheless, his form for Portugal will give both the player and fans of Los Che cause for optimism with a long season ahead.