Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Liga R20| SPORTING 0-2 Benfica, Alvalade, 21.02.2011
No matter what is the form or the table position of both clubs this is THE game of the season for the two classic rivals of Portuguese football.
Our neighbours are clear favourites, not just because of their recent form but also because they simply have a much better and deeper squad than we do - 43.5M Euros more expensive to be precise.
The pressure, as their coach admitted yesterday, is much more on their side. Any result but a win will for them mean the final goodbye to the title. For us even a loss will not change our position in the table. For this reason I expect them to come with everything they've got on top of us from the start and if they can score early we may witness a tragedy. We have everything against us for this one so if we can avoid defeat I will, honestly, be very surprised.
I'll post our official line-up when it comes out.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”