Our first game of the 2007/08 Champions League is tomorrow and it's at home against Liverpool. We start off with a huge test, but at the same time, we come into this game having won every game of the league thus far.
In today's training session, the last one before the game, we had the three players who were injured sit out. Those being Helton, Pedro Emanuel, and Helder Postiga. Helton is a massive loss but if Nuno can keep up his good form, it shouldn't be too much of a concern. Bosingwa missed training as well as he's recovering from a slight knock suffered in the win against Maritimo on Saturday, but he is expected to play and Jesualdo counts on him.
List of players called for the game:
GK: Nuno, Hugo Ventura
DF: Bosingwa, Bruno Alves, Joao Paulo, Marek Cech, Jorge Fucile, Milan Stepanov
MF: Paulo Assuncao, Raul Meireles, Lucho Gonzalez, Mario Bolatti, Przemyslaw Kazmierczak, Leandro Lima
FW: Tarik Sektioui, Ricardo Quaresma, Mariano Gonzalez, Lisandro Lopez, Ernesto Farias
Bosingwa - Joao Paulo - Bruno Alves - Fucile
Lucho - Meireles
Tarik - Lisandro - Quaresma
Bench: Hugo Ventura, Stepanov, Cech, Bolatti, Leo Lima, Mariano, Farias
Now for some quotes from our team for the big game:
"With Liverpool, it will be a completely different game(than against Maritimo). They're coming to the Dragao with alot of respect and we know they're a team that usually doesn't allow many goals. They are not a traditional, direct English team. They're very methodical, and for that reason, we will have to be also. We have the weapons to face Liverpool."
"We have the ability to overcome Liverpool. I can't say much more than that. Honestly, we can beat any team in the world. We won't alter our tactics for tomorrow. We will use the same style and same methods we have for over a year now. We will not alter things just because of who we play tomorrow."
"FC Porto, for example, have been a major force in European competitions over the last 5 years. This is a competition with the best clubs in the world. There are many favourites and at this point of the campaign, it doesn't make sense for me to identify them yet."
"Liverpool base their success from good defensive cohesion, with a strong and structed midfield, and two forms of attack against their opponents. They have an attack that functions alot better now and displays good football."
"What do I know about Liverpool? I know almost all the players through videogames... Gerrard, Fernando Torres. I also talked to Lucas who is also there now. I already beat Liverpool in my videogame, and now I want to beat them for real."
"Liverpool is an excellent team, but we are also. We know we'll have some difficulties and we are planning to overcome those. We also know Liverpool are not a team about one player, but an entire, deep squad. Yes they're a good team and have shown that, but we are too and have the neccessary players to be the better team on Tuesday."