Jose Mourinho blasts Bruno Fernandes for his poor performance in Portugal’s first two
matches of the European Championships and says the side have not been playing with
11 players so far in the tournament.
The playmaker entered the tournament after a sensational campaign for Manchester
United, in which he scored 30 goals and provided 18 assists in all competitions.
However, Fernandes has failed to replicate his club form for his country, with Portugal
struggling to victory against Hungary in their first game before a humbling 4-2 defeat to
Germany in their second.
It leaves Portugal’s chances of qualification looking short ahead of their final game,
which is against favorites France.
A.S. Roma boss Jose Mourinho was asked for his thoughts on his compatriot Fernandes,
who has turned the Red Devils back into title contenders since signing in January
Mourinho admitted he has been impressed by Fernandes, but suggested the midfielder
has benefited from joining a team during a “good period”.
“He’s a good player, he plays in a good team in a big club. And normally good players,
sooner or later, they adapt and they perform,” said Mourinho of Fernandes.
“In this case, he arrived and he found the team also in a good period, a good period of
results. I think he’s doing very well.” Mourinho’s comments are very positive on the face
of things, but the Portuguese does appear to be playing down Fernandes’ impact
somewhat when you read between the lines.
As aforementioned, Mourinho suggests that United’s good form has helped the former
Sporting Lisbon star hit the ground running.