Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Liga 12/13, J9| SPORTING 1-0 Braga| Alvalade, 11.11.2012, 21:15 CET
One more torture session or the first day of the rest of our lives? That's how sportinguistas are seeing every game at this stage of the season.
We had a good first half at Setúbal and a gritty second half against Genk. That wasn't enough to give us a win in any of those matches but it gave a glimpse of hope of what might be the way Sporting will start rebuilding the team after this horrendous first third of this 12/13 season.
We are facing tonight a club that likes to see itself as the "new 3rd big club" in Portugal, something that always makes me chuckle when I read it. They are playing much better football than we are (who isn't these days?), they made life very hard to Man Utd in a double bill at the CL very recently, and they have a good and balanced squad. Arguably they are favourites to win this one. All the odds are against us, let's see how the team reacts to that.
Vercauteren called the following players for today's match:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício and Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Xandão, Marcos Rojo, Eric Dier, Danijel Pranjic, Ricardo Esgaio and Emiliano Insúa
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Diego Capel, André Carrillo, Zakarya Labyad, Fito Rinaudo, Adrien, Elias and Gelson Fernandes
Forwards: Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Valentín Viola and Betinho
The big question mark is on the RB position. Will Franky field Gelson as a makeshift option or will he bet in the new star of our B team Esgaio?
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”