“It is within this elite top-5 that we are positioned at this moment, which is the result of overtaking, which so many said was unattainable, France in the UEFA ranking”, says Pedro Proença.

Pedro Proença considers that fighting for this fifth place this season “is an ambitious goal, but not unrealistic” for the national team, which season after season, “have so dignified and projected the name of Portugal”.

“For the growing approximation to the major European leagues, the performance of Portuguese teams in UEFA competitions has been decisive, whose participation must be increasingly protected and enhanced”, he adds.

Proença considers "decisive the creation of conditions of demand and development for all other teams", since "only a stronger and more competitive League as a whole will increase the possibility of success for those who compete internationally".