Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
EL 15/16 Group H, M5 |Lokomotiv Moskva 2-4 SPORTING |Moscow, 26.11.2015, 19:00 CET
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE 2015/2016
Stadion Lokomotiv, Moscow
26 November 2015, 19:00 CET
Ref: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) 2-4 SPORTING CP
I will not be exaggerating if I say that there is a substantial part of Sporting fans that would not mind seeing us not qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League. In the past I used to criticize the attitude of both English and Italian sides who used to constantly field second tier sides when playing in this competition but now I started to understand them better. The amount of prize money that a club gets from EL is ridiculous when compared with the CL and the increasing lack of prestige of this trophy is of UEFA's making. If they started sharing more equally the prize money between their only two club competitions I am sure that clubs would regain the respect towards this tournament.
Having said so, and also looking at the list of players that travelled to freezing Moscow, I don't think we will field a team as different as our regular one, at least compared to the one that had such a poor display in Albania in the previous matchday.
From the regular starting XI, Rui Patrício (suspended), Jefferson, William and Teo Gutiérrez (injured) did not travel. Also Bruno Paulista and Carlos Mané are injured and did not go to Russia. Youngsters Stojkovic (nephew of the current Serbia keeper and ex-SCP player) and Podence joined the first team.
So, here's the group of players called by Jorge Jesus for the match:
22 Marcelo Boeck, 26 Azbe Jug and 88 Vladimir Stojkovic.
21 João Pereira, 47 Ricardo Esgaio, 15 Paulo Oliveira, 44 Naldo, 55 Tobias Figueiredo, 5 Ewerton and 3 Jonathan Silva.
6 Aquilani, 17 João Mário, 23 Adrien, 20 Bryan Ruiz and 28 André Martins.
Forwards and Wingers:
60 Gelson Martins, 73 Matheus Pereira, 56 Daniel Podence, 10 Fredy Montero, 8 Tanaka and 9 Slimani.
If we want to maintain hopes to qualify, only a win will do.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Last edited by Filipe Reis; November 26th, 2015 at 19:50.