Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
After having dispatched the fascists of Legia and advanced to the Last 16 of the Europa League, Sporting is back in league action to play again in Alvalade against Rio Ave.
Sá Pinto keeps his positive speech but what the team has been showing on the pitch differs very little from the very uninspiring stuff showed in the last stretch of Domingos spell with us. Polga and Joăo Pereira are still a disaster defending, the defense/attack transitions are still too slow, some players in our attacking midfield are constantly played out of their best positions and van Wolfswinkel continues showing to be in bad form and none of his possible substitutes seems to deserve the trust of the new manager.
Injuries have been ravaging our squad which obviously also doesn't help. Onyewu (2 months) and Rinaudo (one more week) are still out and apparently Rui Patrício also got a knock on Thursday's game thus was not called. The good news are that Izmailov and Carrillo recovered from their minor injuries. The Russian is available for tomorrow but the Peruvian is suspended.
I'll miss this one, and I will also miss the next game at Setúbal one week later, as I'm flying tomorrow to France where I'll be working in the next 10 days. I'll pop in here whenever I can though.
List of players called:
Goalkeepers: Tiago and Marcelo Boeck;
Defenders: Joăo Pereira, Xandăo, Anderson Polga, Daniel Carriço, Evaldo and Emiliano Insúa;
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, André Santos, André Martins, Bruno Pereirinha, Elias, Marat Izmailov, Diego Capel and Matías Fernández;
Forwards: Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Seba Ribas.
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