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Paulo Bento: Building A New Breed Of Portuguese Coaching

Paulo Bento: Building A New Breed Of Portuguese Coaching

Paulo Bento represents the future of Portuguese coaching schools. Coming from a country, which produced the likes of Jose Mourinho and other World Cup managers such as Fernando Santos and Carlos Queiroz, Paulo Bento is expected to go beyond the achievements of its predecessors. It is never easy. But Bento is up for the challenge of securing Portugal’s first ever World Cup title.


Bento’s journey to the international scene began when he was asked to manage the national squad right after Quiroz’s sacking. Such opportunity gave him the opportunity to participate in the 2012 Euro tournament and raised the squad’s hopes of making strong finish. And true enough, Bento did not disappoint his legion of supporters.


Under his tutelage, the club was able to secure consecutive victories that helped them reach the semi-final, not until Spain knocked them out during the penalties.


Indeed, it was a big achievement for Bento and his side. But if there is one thing that makes Portugal’s head honcho a key figure in the squad, this is his preference for the 4-3-3 formation instead of going for the typical 4-2-3-1.


The approach was initially a take-off from what Quiroz started in the national squad. Yet, with a more clinical approach on its implementation, it yielded better results. As a matter of fact, it became one of Portugal’s success pillars during the Euro.


With the 4-3-3, Bento beefed up their attacks. It gave Cristiano Ronaldo a much clearer path when it comes to goal scoring.


Nevertheless, despite 4-3-3’s success, this did not prevent Bento from returning to the 4-2-3-1 when the situation calls for it.  During the World Cup qualifiers, to be more specific, during the 2-legged playoffs against Sweden, he went for the 4-2-3-1. Bento’s evident flexibility  and versatility in terms of choosing the club’s formation earned Portugal the right to appear in Brazil.


But if there is one thing that readily describes Bento’s success, this is his realistic approach and perspective. He responds well to criticisms and is humble enough to accept the weaknesses of his squad. He has the guts to acknowledge that their indirect World Cup qualification is a result of their poor campaign.


With such great attitude and with the depth of his current squad, Bento is indeed, very much capable of taking Portugal’s world cup matches to greater heights.


Image Source: Zimbio

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