Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Liga 15/16 J27| SPORTING 5-1 Arouca| Alvalade, 19.03.2016, 19:30 CET
Primeira Liga 2015/2016
Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon,
19 March 2016, 19:30 CET
Ref: Manuel Oliveira (AF Porto)
SPORTING CP 5-1 Arouca
(Teo Gutiérrez 16', 45', João Mário 19', 32', Bryan Ruiz 60'; Gégé 67')
One more final to play in the league this time against the real surprise package of the season. Arouca is currently 5th in a position that allows qualification to the Europa League and is coming from an incredible series of 7 league matches without a loss (5W 2D). In fact the last time they lost was exactly against Sporting for the League Cup almost two months ago. Lito Vidigal is doing, again, an excellent job, just a shame that he has the tendency of entering the pitch to slap players from the opposing team and then throwing himself on the floor when bumped in the back - a curious case indeed.
We are going to this game without any of our two regular Left Backs, as Jefferson is injured and Marvin Zeegelaar is suspended. Not clear if it will be Schelotto, Esgaio or even João Pereira to do that role. We are also still missing Paulo Oliveira in the middle of our defence but Adrien is back after his ridiculous suspension and Matheus is also back in the call.
This one is on paper the hardest of the 4 home matches we still have to play but at this stage we have no other option besides winning.
Here's the list of players called by JJ:
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Last edited by Filipe Reis; March 19th, 2016 at 21:28.