The national team kicks off, this Thursday, the third and final phase of preparation for Euro 2020, now in Hungary, where they will play two of the three games in the group stage.
From the moment it lands in Budapest, the national delegation will enter a “bubble”, isolated from abroad, except in specific and programmed situations – a situation even more pronounced by the measures to contain the pandemic by Covid-19.
The success of the internship also depends on the health of interpersonal relationships, as explained to Renaissance João Aroso, who was assistant to Paulo Bento in the national team between 2010 and 2014.
“There is an essential aspect that has to do with the personal characteristics of everyone who is in that ‘bubble’, of players, of ‘staff’, because everyone contributes to a more or less positive environment. Football is a game that is played and coached by people and coached by people, so above all there is this human dimension which is very important”, he says.
Positive result in the debut to “air” environment
The behavioral issue will also be heavily influenced by the results and vice versa, argues João Aroso. the commentator of Renaissance for Euro 2020 underlines that this is really the “most determining” factor of all.
Entering a victory against Hungary will be important to generate “a much lighter and positive atmosphere”. Otherwise, it can create a bad atmosphere among the working group:
“I can talk about my experience at Euro 2012, which was successful but started with a defeat against Germany. There was some tension in the days to come, there was anxiety, because it’s such a short group stage that a slip can be fatal. The margin is too short. Then, luckily, things went well. The result counts a lot in the mood of all the elements of the work group.”
Short trips to avoid further wear and tear
The logistical issue also affects the group’s well-being. The national team will be housed at Ensana Grand Margitsziget Health Spa Hotel, a four-star resort located on Margaret Island on the Danube River, which cuts Budapest in two — it flows precisely between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern portions of the capital of Hungary.
With indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa and gym, this hotel in Budapest has all the conditions for the entourage’s exterior isolation to take place in total comfort. In this interview to Renaissance, João Aroso indicates that the location chosen for the internship is a “very important” question. It should be avoided, as far as possible, subjecting players to “the constant wear and tear of travel”.
On Margarida Island, the team from the corners will have that security. The hotel is just 3.5 kilometers from Vasas SC’s stadium, Illovszky Rudolf, which will serve as a training centre, and around six kilometers from Puskás Arena, where Portugal will play two of the three group stage matches. It is also just half an hour from the airport.
Portugal is part of the F group of Euro 2020. It makes its debut against Hungary, in Budapest, on Tuesday, June 15, at 17:00. On the 19th, a Saturday, at the same time, he will face Germany in Munich, which is just over an hour’s flight away from the Magyar capital. Finally, on June 23, at 8:00 pm, the national team will measure forces, again in Budapest, with France, world champion and losing finalist of Euro 2016, which Portugal conquered.
All of Portugal’s games in the European Championship will be reported live on the Renaissance and up-to-the-minute follow-up in rr.sapo.pt.
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