A completely justified and thorough win from the superior team.
I voiced my concerns about Julien Lopetegui before the season began and they continue to be proven true. He is a scared manager. He tries to invent when invention isn't needed, he doesn't motivate, and his 'solutions' are usually quite desperate. An example is how Andre Silva apparently wasn't good enough to get a debut when we were winning 3-0 the week before, but he comes on as a sub in his first league game losing to the top team in the league. Nonsensical, desperate move without any planning or thought put into it.
I don't think Jorge Jesus is a great manager, and I will say that I feel, player for player, Porto have the best squad in the country quite comfortably, but JJ is an incredible motivator. That is his huge advantage. JJ has massive, huge grapefruits while his rival peers barely have raisins. He inspires his players, rallies them up, and gets results and top performances out of players with much lower ceilings.
I've seen enough of this season to believe that Sporting will indeed win the title, for a multitude of reasons. JJ is the best manager out of the big 3, the squad is extremely motivated and hungry for titles, Benfica are in transition, and Porto have an absolutely awful, clueless manager. I truly believe that if Porto made a coaching change right now to a guy like Vitor Pereira or Paulo Bento or anybody half-decent that the title could still be won, but with JL all life has been sucked out of the team.
Anyways, this isn't meant to be a moaning fest by me. You guys played very well and won by a deserved margin, proving you are the best team in Portugal this season and the most serious contender for the title. Well done and Happy New Year.
A VENCER DESDE 1893
Oh lampião, levaste 5 no Dragão, nunca te esquecerás desta grande humilhação!
*little pillows wrestling is another thing Josh does, when he is drunk *