Rúben Amorim was always able to communicate and showed a preview of the 21st matchday of the I Liga without skipping the stages. Under pressure from journalists, the Sporting coach refused to put the classic on the agenda for the next round and left a certainty: “The FC Porto game doesn’t exist for us. The best way to get to the next game is to win the previous one. “And that’s exactly what Sporting did. In another strength test, the “Lions” did not tremble before their visit to Estádio do Dragão and guaranteed the best sequence of the season with a peaceful triumph against Portimonense (2-0): It was Sportings’ tenth victory in a row. six of them in the I League.
On the other hand, there was even a Portimonense motivated by two positive results (draw in Paços de Ferreira and victory with a router in the reception of Gil Vicente) but Sporting de Amorim continues to find solutions to the puzzles that lie ahead to solve.
Amorim fulfilled what he said in the preview of the confrontation with the Algarvians and did not save before the trip to Porto. He first played with Sebastián Coates and Nuno Santos, who ran the risk of failing the game at Dragão if they saw a yellow card. However, the young coach had a problem to solve: Paulinho was left out due to injury. Without the most expensive reinforcement in the history of the “lions”, Amorim didn’t invent and revert to formula until January, placing Tiago Tomás at the center of the attack.
The change, which had not been announced, seemed to disrupt Paulo Sérgio’s strategy. Portimonense appeared in Alvalade with two innovations that should theoretically bring more defense security (Henrique’s entry) and attack speed (bet on Beto). However, the Algarvians always struggled to stop the mobility of the “Leonine” attack and seldom found space to counter threats.
Play fast and well, have four good chances – Nuno Mendes, 3 ‘; Nuno Santos, at 6 ‘; Pedro Gonçalves (10 ‘) and Tiago Tomás (22’) in the first half of the first half and with fairness an advantage of 27 ‘: Pedro Gonçalves scored a free kick, Coates deflected and Feddal in the second he made his debut to get off ” Lions “to be marked.
Up until then there was practically no offensive level, Portimonense did not even have time to realign the strategy. Three minutes later, Maurício Antônio and Lucas Possignolo were also negligent, and Nuno Santos took advantage of the headquarters’ offer to score points in the Algarve, just as in the first round in Portimão.
Two-thirds of the game was supposed to be played, but similar to the entire season, Sporting have shown themselves to be smart at handling advantages – until the break, Portimonense Adán only scared Adán in one set piece that deflected Dener down from the net, but the Brazilian midfielder was out of the game.
Sporting took the advantage without worrying about the quality of the display and were the first team to pose a threat after the break (Nuno Mendes, 48 minutes). Paulo Sérgio’s team also just missed the goal on 71 ‘: Adán, with a good save, prevented the Iranian from scoring for the second time in a row.
At this point, Amorim had already removed Nuno Santos from the field to make sure the winger didn’t see the fifth yellow, and even without pushing the pace, Sporting was getting closer to 3-0 than Portimonense 2-1.
With another constant and mature performance, Amorim guarantees that next Saturday, regardless of the competition, he will start the classic against FC Porto, which is still unbeatable in the I League and has a secure lead of at least ten points.