I agree with this 100%. And, furthermore, I do not believe that the current crop or younger generation Portuguese footballers lack self belief or confidence as to what can be accomplished at the major international level. Indeed, the golden generation themselves, even though they were far more skilled and technically brilliantly is more likely to have had those issues and a final lost on home soil might be the biggest indication to that. Those guys grew up in a very different Portugal than these guys did in terms of dealing with a sense of international inferiority, not only in soccer, but politically and terms of quality of life. The golden generation grew up at time were the confidence of Portuguese national identity was not very high, and terms of soccer, they had no memory of Eusebio’s 1966 inspired run and saw a talented team in the mid 80s not be able to put things together enough to justify their quality. I’ve often wondered if the golden generation had self doubt, somewhere deep within them. A thought of -“well, we know we’re good, but can we as tiny Portugal actually stake a place next to the true giant national teams by winning a title?” In 2004 they had the fish on the bait and let it slip through their hands. Now looking at today’s professional footballer? These guys have seen the success of the golden generation which indeed did elevate Portugal two tiers from where they were in the international game. They’ve Portuguese players go to the biggest clubs in Europe for significant transfer fees. They’ve seen Cristiano Ronaldo become the best player in the world and be recognized as such with 5 ballon dors!!! And, most importantly, they’ve seen us walk into a tournament final to play vs one of bogey teams in their house, lose our superstar early in the game and somehow find a way to win the ultimate prize. They might execute sometimes, but I don’t buy for a minute the mentality of the squad these days is to think of themselves as a minnow or small team.