Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
EL 15/16 R32, 2nd Leg |Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 SPORTING |BayArena, 25.02.2015, 19:00 CET
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE 2015/2016
ROUND OF 32
BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
25 February 2015, 19:00 CET
Ref: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 3-1 SPORTING CP
- [4-1 on agg.]
(Bellarabi 30', 65', Calhanoglu 87'; João Mário 38')
It would be great if we could get our first ever win in Germany and even better if we could win this tie but if we don't there are reasons to be cheerful, as that would mean more time to focus on our real aim for this season: the league title.
It's not about lack of ambition or any of the crap spewed by the usual suspects on the several tv footy muppet shows of our beautiful little country. It's about setting priorities and knowing your real strengths and weaknesses.
JJ is aware of this and so are the players. He couldn't count with Rúben Semedo (suspended), Paulo Oliveira (injured), Marvin and Schelotto (not in the EL list) and he also didn't take Coates to Germany. Adrien did travel to Germany but apparently got hurt in training yesterday and will miss today's match, being also in doubt for the league match in Guimarães on Monday. If he also misses that game at least there are very good chances that he will be available for the derby in the following weekend.
This will be a special match for our great keeper Rui Patrício as tonight he becames the Sporting player with most appearances in Europe: 73. Massive feat. Parabéns Rui!
Here's the XI picked to start:
1 Rui Patrício
21 João Pereira - 44 Naldo - 5 Ewerton - 4 Jefferson
14 William Carvalho
17 João Mário - 6 Aquilani - 11 Bruno César
19 Teo Gutiérrez - 36 Carlos Mané
26 Azbe Jug, 47 Ricardo Esgaio, 55 Tobias Figueiredo, 20 Bryan Ruiz, 60 Gelson Martins, 73 Matheus Pereira and 9 Slimani.
Slimani and Bryan Ruiz rested as, like I said above, we have bigger fish to fry.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Last edited by Filipe Reis; February 25th, 2016 at 19:59.