Sporting Lisbon vs Maritimo by Garc1
Sporting made a fantastic last year, they finished second with an impressive 86 points only 2 points behind amazing Benfica, what a great season!! All the points where discussed until the last round.
The big responsible for that great season was Sporting manager Jorge Jesus!! In my opinion, as a Portuguese and as a benfica fan, Jorge Jesus is the best Portuguese manager at the moment, better than Mourinho, but that is my opinion, he was Benfica manager for 6 years and in that time Benfica came from the 96 position in uefa ranking to 6, of course the board of directors made an huge effort to provide all the necessary conditions to Jorge Jesus so that he could develop his work.
Last year, Jorge Jesus left Benfica and joined his biggest rival Sporting, that treason his still in the courts and Benfica demands a compensation of 14 million € .
The coming of Jorge Jesus to Sporting completely changed the club, at this moment, Sporting has 6 players that are being negotiated.
Adrian silva( Everton / Tottenham), Joao Mario( Inter Milan), William Carvalho, Slimani, Rui Patricio, Ruben Semedo.
If you think of European champions team Portugal,in the first 11, you will see that a lot of players that come from this team - Rui Patricio, Cedric,Adrian Silva,William Carvalho,Joao Mario,Moutinho, Nani,Quaresma and of Course, Cristiano Ronaldo.Nothing more than 9 from 11...
Sporting has a great school of Players but misses the organization of others like Benfica and Porto to achieve the necessary results, but with a great manager like Jesus, the paradigm is changing fast.
At this moment, Sporting didn't transferred anyone, still the same quality players from last season, still the same manager and still the same board of Directors.
Maritimo on the other hand changed his coach and a lot of players were also changed, the objective is of course to stay in the first league.
Sporting at home is really strong, last year only Benfica won there by 1-0, it was the game of the title, the only defeat at home.
Islam Slimani wont play because of 1 game punishment, but the rest of the star players will be available, with no tactical changes and the same manager, until 31 of August at least.
For that reason, Sporting are clear favorites to win Maritimo at home, 40.000 fans are already confirmed in the stadium and with a new coach and so many changes in the first maritimo 11 the task of stealing points in Alvalade is really really difficult.
If you look to Sporting's pre-season you may think that they are nothing special, but...The only time that they used the full squad... surprise!! Sporting won Wolfsburg by 2-1, with the 4 players of Portugal national team , and they only had 1 day of training...
Maritimo has a new coach, the Brazilian Paulo Gusmao, and after a disappointing last season ( 13th place) they now look for a peaceful season and if possible, to reach uefa league spots.
But only 1 win in 8 pre-season games doesn't give much hope of what comes ahead.
Smashing advantage for sporting, with 49 wins and 12 defeats.
So...sporting with the same quality manager, with the same quality players, against a Week Maritimo with a new coach, I guess that this game has everything to be a walk in the park for the home team and Sporting winning since the beginning of the game has very good value for me...Good luck
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