At full strength I like this team:
Delfim is hurt and hasn't played in awhile. Duscher has been somewhat out form since he got back from Argentina.
Vidigal has been a super stud for this team along with the goals from Acosta. Vidigal right now is the best defensive midfielder in Portugal. He plays a Paulo Sousa type of game, although not as creative, he wins just about every ball, and shuts down the opponents stars.
Laureano, I wouldn't play with a left wing, but instead would have Acosta leaning towards there, and have Rui Jorge make those runs. However depending on the game we can easily take out Barbosa and insert Edmilson or Defrancheschi into the left side.
As for my favorite Sporting players, there's no doubt that Vidigal is the one, with Schmeichel a close second. IF there's one player that I would take from your team at this time it would be Vidigal.
Unfortunately this game is almost meaningless as Sporting pretty much locked the national championship this weekend. But you Sporting fans shouldn't underestimate Benfica and its heart!! We will play to win!!
Some Sporting fans just don't know how celebrate 18 years of frustration coming to an end, so they are still lashing out over their teams ineptitude in the past by pointing out that our Benfica did not win this year. It's all good though...I'm sure that Sporting fans are very familiar with the term "Wait till next year"...and so we Benfica fans will with the greatest of optimism.
Hey leave Claude alone...the man is awesome in the playoffs...see last nites Devils Flyers game!
BTW have you guys noticed that the Porto fans instead of commenting on how dirty Paulinho Santos is they are talking about hockey....talk about being ilusive!