Sporting is already in Rome where tomorrow we will close the group stage of this season's Europa League. This will be a completely meaningless game for us, as we have already won the group, but a decisive one for the European survival of Lazio. Our opponents need to make a better result than Vaslui, who will be at Zurich.
Domingos insisted that there is prestige at stake but his choice of players leaves no doubt about the fact that we will take this game seriously but not as a priority. He decided to rest no less than 4 of the usual starters - João Pereira, Polga, van Wolfswinkel and Diego Capel. Besides these we will also not be able to use Elias (cup tied) and Santiago Arias (not registered in the EL). To replace these absences he called five players of our U-19 squad - Ricardo Esgaio (RB), Tiago Ilori (CB), João Mário (DM), João Carlos (M) and Betinho (FW).
Here's the complete list of players called:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck and Tiago.
Defenders: Ricardo Esgaio, Onyewu, Daniel Carriço, Tiago Ilori, Evaldo and Emiliano Insúa.
Midfielders: João Mário, André Santos, Bruno Pereirinha, André Martins, João Carlos and Stijn Schaars.
Forwards: André Carrillo, Diego Rubio, Valeri Bojinov and Betinho.
Looking at this list I would say that Ricardo Esgaio has a good chance to start at RB, unless Domingos prefers to use Pereirinha there. The same thing with João Mário at DM, as Carriço may go back to his original CB position next to Onyewu. It would definitely be great to see Betinho having the chance to play some minutes.
Anyway, meaningless or not I hope we put up a good game and hopefully bring the 3 points in the bag.
FORÇA SPORTING!!!!!!!! :fero: