Remaining on the bench for the first two days, Diogo Dalot took advantage of a change of coach to play his first World Cup match against South Korea. An opportunity Mancunian did not fail to seize as he put in a very solid performance on the right lane. Fernando Santos, who until now preferred Joao Cancelo, could reconsider the hierarchy in place.
Carried since the start of the World Cup, Joao Cancelo has a lot to worry about. Far from being irreplaceable under the Lusitania’s jacket, the Manchester City man must now deal with the pressure of Diogo Dalot, his replacement of choice. 5 years his junior, the Manchester team with bursts of red had their first stint in the World Cup During his team’s defeat against South Korea on Friday (1-2).. A golden opportunity was brilliantly seized as the latter made a very clean copy. to the point of imagining her as a bearer until the end of the competition.
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Competition, there are those who take the brunt of it by frowning, and those who seize the slightest opportunity to try to reverse the trend. As far as it goes, Diogo Dalot consistently chooses the second option when his coach asks him to. A state of mind like the one he displays this season with Manchester United, where he seems to have entered another dimension under the orders of Eric ten Hag.. Thus making the debate between his opposition to João Cancelo completely legitimate.
In his eighth pick, the young Portuguese was quick to make a mark. Launched deep by Pepe, he very calmly managed to shake off his tackle and then send Ricardo Horta into a pullaway. A goal from the fifth minute. This is his third assist for Portugal. For the remainder of the game, the Braga native was very serious about defensive duels, which Joao Cancelo lacked. He also managed to create many good chances during his offensive raids.
Against Switzerland on Tuesday, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him start again from the start, especially as the reigning champions struggle so hard to display the level we see of him in the Skyblues side. Upon reaching the round of 16, fouls are no longer allowed, leaving room for certainty. And in this aspect, Diogo Dalot deserves to be in the game a lot more than Joao Cancelo. If football is really on merit and not in name it is still a husband to Fernando Santos.