France must be very wary when it plays against Portugal in the final of the UEFA Nations Cup, on July 10, 2016 as many other articles have underlined !
Portugal have several well known star players, each of whom could, in an instant, impact the result of the game.
One of them is a well publicised forward by the name of Ronaldo ! He is talented and tall, heads a ball well and tackles ferociously, but he has a special "gift" ! If ever he loses the ball, he quickly collapses in a heap and then tries to make "eye contact" with the referee to plead for a free kick !
Such "jinks" with "knowing eyewinks" to the bench are well documented in televised reports, but some referees have been "hoodwinked" !
France needs a tall defender to "look after" Ronaldo and loitering defenders to intercept any direct passes to him !
Didier Deschamps, the French Manager, is certainly well aware of the problems Ronaldo poses ! Referees also, have the benefit of hindsight and will be on the alert !
Finally, if France attacks like it did against Germany and avoids "possessive" football, it could win ! The chances Ronaldo would get should be few, but one must not forget that there are other players in the Portuguese team !