Former Manchester United star Roy Keane criticized Portugal duo after the country’s elimination from the European Competition.
Former Manchester United man Roy Keane blasted out at two of Portugal’s finest players after their exit from Euro 2020.
Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes were both targeted as the defending champions lost to Belgium 1-0 on Sunday night. A thumping strike from Thorgan Hazard was just enough for the Red Devils to qualify for the next round.
During the second half, the Atletico Madrid star made his first appearance in the competition. Fernandes too was brought into the field during the last 45 minutes of the game. However, both of them failed to provide that glimmer of hope for their nation.
“I get really annoyed with it, particularly when they’re quality players,” Keane slammed on ITV. “There’s no excuse for it, seeing players leaning back and just missing the target, at least test the goalkeeper, these are top players no getting away from that.”
“Felix, when he came on, that guy’s an imposter, he’s an imposter. He comes on, your country needs you…hit the target! What was he? £100 million? If I was [Cristiano] Ronaldo I’d certainly be going after him in the dressing room. Shocking.”
“Felix and Fernandes were driving me crazy. They’ve no one to blame but themselves, they fought like champions to be fair, but Portugal just short.”
Keane further continued his criticism of Fernandes. “No, [I’m] not really [surprised] because of the other options,” he said of Fernandes’ benching before kickoff. “He’s not really been in top form in the tournament. His body language is not great and he’s not performed.”
“The beauty of it for the manager is you like at the Portuguese players and the options he’s got. The plus for Portugal so far is they’ve scored seven goals but they’ve conceded six.”
“The worry for Portugal with the way they play, and particularly for the attacking players, if this turns into a shoot out I think they’ll suffer today. But no surprise with the changes he’s made.”