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Jose Mourinho Slams Bruno Fernandes For Going Missing At Euro 2020 In Scathing Analysis

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Jose Mourinho Slams Bruno Fernandes For Going Missing At Euro 2020 In Scathing Analysis

Jose Mourinho has criticised Bruno Fernandes for going missing during Euro 2020 - claiming the Portugal star is "not there" right now.

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Portugal have one win and one defeat in their first two Group F games and have a huge clash with France coming up on Wednesday.

Mourinho hasn't been impressed with Fernandes' performances so far, with Mourinho expecting more after a strong domestic season at Manchester United.

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The soon-to-be Roma manager said per The Sun: "Portugal at its highest level can beat anyone.

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"But we need to play with 11 players, in these two matches Bruno Fernandes was on the pitch but not playing.

"I hope he turns up against France, because he's a player with incredible potential.

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"He can pass, he can score. He can get penalties, he can score penalties, he can score free-kicks.

"He has a lot to give, but the reality is in these two matches he was not there."

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Cristiano Ronaldo has scored three goals in the competition while Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota have impressed.

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Mourinho is keen for Fernandes to start performing alongside the three "fantastic" forwards.

"Portugal has three fantastic attacking players, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Diogo] Jota.

"We need that connection, but until now Bruno is not playing."

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ITV pundit Graeme Souness has also pinpointed the 26-year-old's body language as a potential issue.

Per Liverpool Echo he explained: "[Fernandes is] an exceptionally talented boy, there is so much to like about him. A great striker of the ball, when he shoots he makes the goalkeeper work.

"I played with players that would not be accepting of the thing you just touched on [petulance], you know he doesn't get the ball and he is waving his hands around.

"He would not have lasted more than five minutes in my dressing room, but he is a wonderful talented boy."

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Souness continued: "It would be more along the lines of 'Who do you think you are? We play as a team, we win together, we lose together.'

"Sometimes you will make a bad pass, sometimes you will not see the whole picture

"So all that nonsense, shaking your head and waving your arms at your own teammates, is a no no for me."

Portugal won their opening game 3-0 against Hungary then slipped to a 4-2 defeat against Germany on Saturday evening.

Featured Image Credit: talkSPORT/YouTube & PA Images

Topics: Bruno Fernandes, Jose Mourinho, Football, Manchester United, Euro 2020, Portugal

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