Whichever way you happen to look at it, tonight’s highly anticipated final showcase of Euro 2016 will surely serve to excite football fans far and wide this evening regardless of which nation ultimately walks away triumphantly amid victorious cheers from their proud supporters.
Didier Deschamps’ formidable French outfit will nonetheless go on to represent the out in out favourites ahead of the much awaited final fixture, but whilst such a notion seemingly rings true in the run up to the headline making battle right in the here and now, everything remains open for speculation until the first ball of the evening is finally kicked-off in captivating and enthralling style.
Portugal must therefore begin to approach this evening’s contest full of confidence and realistic expectation for what the final could ultimately have in store for Fernando Santos’ determined group of players. Although the Portuguese have largely flattered to deceive for large parts of the tournament so far, major international competitions such as this one usually come down to which side really turns up on the night, as well as each team’s ability to hold their nerve right when it matters most for the manager and their fans.
Portugal will beat this France side. Quite sure of it.
— Jordan Graham (@JordanG_14) 7 July 2016
I think France will beat Germany and Portugal will beat France. Basically a repeat of the Euro 2004
— migeru (@migerucb) 6 July 2016
Any side that has the luxury of possessing a certain Cristiano Ronaldo among their ranks can arguably never be written off completely in any case. Euro 2016 hasn’t exactly proven a completely wonderful campaign for the main man in question himself, but as the current Real Madrid favourite has partially done the business for his nation inside the final third this summer, who’s to say that Ronaldo doesn’t have what it takes to finally step it up again tonight?
The highly coveted La Liga star has notoriously failed to replicate his glistening club form upon the international scene in recent years after all, so with the almost equally impressive likes of Renato Sanches, Andre Gomes and Nani all alongside him out on the pitch tonight, maybe Euro 2016 could indeed represent Ronaldo’s greatest chance to shine right at the very top of the international game when all is said and done.
Whilst the likes of Joao Moutinho and Joao Mario have nonetheless blown rather hot and cold among the competition thus far, each of Pepe, Bruno Alves and Jose Fonte have certainly proven resolute enough at the back this summer, with the undeniably talented Quaresma also in place to make things happen off the bench should his manager so require against the French.
Portugal therefore have every reason to be confident this evening, for ultimate victory at Euro 2016 remains a truly attainable goal for Cristiano Ronaldo and co. regardless of their admitted status of under-dogs going into the big match. Will the French nonetheless prove too much to handle for Fernando Santos’ determined side? Arguably not…