MARCEL KEIZER'S BIG DEBUT
I decided to take the first 3 matches and compile them into one post as Keizer would get his first match in both the League, Cup and Europa League, scepticism was high, and why wouldn't it? He never did great at any club and somehow got here, but what Keizer had at store was a surprise, so here it is:
LUSITANO FC 1-4 SPORTING CP
Estádio do Fontelo,
24 November 2018, 15:00 WEST
(Diogo Braz 44' - Bas Dost 42', 71', Bruno Fernandes 64', Diaby 72')
Honestly at half time it looked like the same, we were trying 1-1 with weak opposition, however Sporting kicked it up a notch in the second half as Bruno Fernandes, Diaby and Bas Dost added to the tally, ensuring our safe passage to the next round.
QARABAG 1-6 SPORTING CP
Baku Olympic Stadium,
29 November 2018, 17:55 WEST
(Zoubir 14' - Bas Dost 5' (pen), Bruno Fernandes 20', 75', Nani 33' , Diaby 65', 81')
Finally, we got the game we were waiting for, even if we were 1-1 like last time, we kicked it up yet another notch and put 6 past Qarabag, which we were only able to beat 2-0 last time, Nani and Bruno Fernandes both had cracking goals but Diaby scored for a second consecutive match and not only that, he got a brace, Keizer got the players to reject whatever the opposition throws at them and we finally played above the "Ok, you get a goal and then we park the bus" mentality we had for quite a long time.
RIO AVE 1-3 SPORTING CP
Estádio dos Arcos,
3 December 2018, 20:30 WEST
(Schmidt 12' - Bruno Fernandes 8', Bas Dost 23', Jovane Cabral 72')
You already know the story, 1-1, kicking it up another notch, win the game, but atleast that shows that we got the ability to fight back, and obviously how could i forget to mention Jovane Cabral's goal, that was just sheer brilliance to seal the win.
So, conclusion? Keizer's got us hoping again, and then again he got 13 goals in only 3 games and everything seems rosy, only problem is getting to 1-1, obviously if we can keep kicking it up another gear and winning the match that's no problem, but if we go up against a team that can defend a 1-1, we've got problems.
Keizer will have his first home match against Aves, there he'll be hearing the noise of Alvalade as he continues his impossible job of making Sporting champions, not that it will happen for multiple reasons but 2nd will do.