Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
This was definitely our second worst game of the season after the one at Guimarães. That fact added to the timing of the equalizer almost makes this home draw bearable. I said almost because it doesn't. Drawing home for a club like Sporting is always negative and when we do it playing this way it's even worse.
We pressed Moreirense much more during the second half, as we should have done during the entire game, but we never looked capable of going past a well organised defense.
Our very poor percentage of goals coming from set ball situations is also something that really should be addressed by Marco Silva because these days that is a key factor to gain advantage against this type of teams.
It was a collectively uninspired performance with the team always looking uncapable of showing the good style of football that we've showed so many times before this same season. Maybe the unfair exit of the CL has something to do it, maybe the absence of this team's, and this league's, best player are factors that can explain this poor game but the truth is that this result makes what was already quite difficult, close to impossible.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”