Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Liga 15/16 J3| Académica 1-3 SPORTING| Coimbra, 30.08.2015, 20:15 CET
Primeira Liga 2015/2016
Estádio Cidade de Coimbra,
30 August 2015, 20:15 CET
Ref: Bruno Esteves (AF Setúbal)
Académica 1-3 SPORTING CP
(Rabiola 33' pen.; Carlos Mané 6', Slimani 24', Aquilani 83' pen.)
After the disappointing European tie this is a key match to assess how much that affected the team. The manner in which we have been denied the access to the CL group stage could take a toll to many teams but I don't think that will happen to this squad.
JJ said in the pre-match press conference that it is possible that there will be changes in the starting XI. One change is sure, João Pereira is suspended after having been (unfairly) sent off last weekend and it will be in principle Ricardo Esgaio filling his place. Jefferson is back after his thigh injury and probably will start.
There will be a huge amount of sportinguistas in Coimbra and, also because of them, we need to win this one.
List of players called by Jorge Jesus:
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Last edited by Filipe Reis; August 30th, 2015 at 21:30.