Many Sporting fans are right now feeling that tonight's game will be a mere formality as no matter who wins this tie will be crushed like an ant by the mercenaries of Al-Man City in the following round. I am not one of them, although obviously I would have preferred to play little Porto instead. We have a big history in Europe, we have points to win to improve Portugal's UEFA coefficient and the team needs wins to breathe.
Sá Pinto is "sure" we are going to win. Strange words for a football coach but after all he is just a beginner and he speaks from his heart, as he always did.
Rinaudo and Onyewu were kicked out of the squad by the butchers of Paços de Ferreira, although Fito is only expected to be out for 10 days. He will also miss the home game against Rio Ave on Sunday but should be fit to face Setúbal at Bonfim one week later. Gooch had it worst. He will need surgery and will be out for approximately 2 months.
Their absences will open space for Daniel Carriço, as DM, and Alberto Rodriguez as CB. Yes because Sá Pinto apparently, and sadly, also thinks like his predecessor that Polga has a divine right to be a starter for us. :rollani:
Line-up is out:
João Pereira - Polga - Rodriguez - Insúa
Matías Fernández - Schaars
Carrillo - Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Izmailov
Subs: Marcelo Boeck, Xandão, Pereirinha, Renato Neto, André Santos, Diego Capel and Seba Ribas.