Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
0-0 at HT
This first half seemed like a carbon copy of the one we did at Leiria one week ago. Plenty of ball possession, several goal chances created, but when it really comes to get the ball in the back of the net...nothing.
The absence of Pedro Mendes (injured), who has been fundamental in keeping some defensive solidity in the last series of games, seemed to open a chance for Adrien to start again after 3 months of absence from the first team, but Carvalhal doesn't really seem to have faith on him so he prefered to field Moutinho in the DM position which is not really working, as he's much better when playing on a creative role.
On the other hand the attacking roles of our midfield were given to three players that were not exactly brilliant in this first 45' - Izmailov, wasting too much possession for his usual high standards, Matias, too slow and hesitant, and Veloso, once again a complete disaster, on what has been a horrible final stretch of the season for him.
Upfront, the same as usual, Yannick, fast but wasteful as ever, and Liedson, working his socks off but getting very frustrated by the poor service from his team mates.
Our bench doesn't seem to offer that many alternatives tonight so hopefully Carvalhal will open his eyes and switch some positions so that we finally can break this rather harmless Naval and get the 3 points.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”