Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Liga 13/14 R28| Belenenses 0-1 SPORTING| Restelo, 19.04.2014, 20:15 CET
Liga Portuguesa 2013/2014
Estádio do Restelo, Lisboa, 19.04.2014, 20:15 CET
Ref: Cosme Machado (AF Braga)
Belenenses 0-1 SPORTING CP
Leonardo Jardim said on the pre-match press conference that this was probably the most important match of the season for us and in fact he might be right. A win today gives us direct passport to next season's Champions League group stage, something dreamt by many of us sportinguistas before this season started but that after what happened last season almost looks like...a dream.
We will be missing Cédric after one more of the long list of soft yellows showed to our players by Vítor Pereira's gang of thieves this season. For his place it looks like Iván Piris is on pole position although Welder and Ricardo Esgaio were also called.
Belenenses are heaviiy involved in the relegation battle, stole points to Porto and would have done the same to Benfica if it wasn't for one more episode of the "Colinho Saga". This all means they will not be an easy prey but Sporting is aware of the importance of this game so I expect us to deliver the same kind of quality we've been showing in this last stretch of the season.
Leonardo Jardim this time called more than the usual 19. Here's the list:
1 Rui Patrício and 22 Marcelo Boeck.
2 Welder, 30 Iván Piris, 3 Maurício, 15 Eric Dier, 4 Jefferson and 5 Marcos Rojo.
23 Adrien, 14 William Carvalho, 8 André Martins, 6 Vítor, 10 Gérson Magrăo, 11 Diego Capel, 18 Carrillo and 47 Ricardo Esgaio.
9 Slimani, 17 Fredy Montero, 20 Héldon, 36 Carlos Mané and 7 Shikabala.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Last edited by Filipe Reis; April 19th, 2014 at 21:09.