Portugal’s striker Gonçalo Paciência has announced recently that the European Championships 2020 will be postponed to next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic provides him with more opportunity to prove his worth to earn his place with the Seleção.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused almost all football events to be canceled or postponed across the globe, with Portugal’s defense of their EURO crown the first-high profile competition not being an exception. That Euro 2020 will be played next summer means that Paciência has more time and opportunity to develop with the German side Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 25-year-old football players said that the postponement helps him to have another year to show that he is a valid option and he will try his best to do that and it’s another year for him to prove his worth.
With two caps for his national football team, the former Porto man netted his first goal at international level on the 6-0 win over Lithuania in qualifying in November of last year. The goal was an emotional moment for Paciência after he had recovered from an ACL injury early in his Frankfurt career.
Paciência is now training at Frankfurt where sessions are conducted with small groups of players to prepare for a hopeful return for the Bundesliga at the end of May. He said that although there is no contact in training, they always have contact with the other players with one in each corner of the dressing room.
He added that the club gives them food to cook at home or brings them the food already made when they are staying at home. They are also given gym equipment, all put at their doorstep.
According to him, everything is more disciplined in Germany with no talk of the refereeing mistakes. The players are criticized more than the referees. He also revealed that the relationship between coaches and players in Germany is much more distant and colder than in Portugal.