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2019/2020

Sporting CP

In


Valentin rosier (def) Dijon, FRA; Luís Neto (def) Zenit St. Petesburg, RUS; Ivanildo (def) Moreirense – return from loan; Eduardo Henrique (mid) Belenenses; Rafael Camacho (mid/att) Liverpool, ENG; Luciano Vietto (att) At. Madrid, SPA; Matheus Pereira (mid/att) Nuremberg, GER – return from loan

Out


Francisco Geraldes (sp)(mid) AEK, GRE – on loan; N. Gudelj (r)(mid) GZ Evergrande, CHI – return from loan

Sporting had a season as mostly expected: struggling to keep up with the two rivals after a disastrous 2018 summer that almost ruined the whole squad. Sporting could at least pick up the pieces and rebuild a squad that is now expected to mount a more serious competition to the top of the table. The squad for the next season shouldn’t have many changes. However, Bruno Fernandes should be leaving and the no. 8 was by far Sporting’s absolute best player last season. Life after Fernandes is expected to be very hard for Leões. Gudelj also left, but former Belenenses midfielder Eduardo Henrique should be a very decent replacement, if not an upgrade. There’s also the prospect of Battaglia returning from a very serious injury. Biggest hopes of improvement will be in attack, as big name Luciano Vietto finally signed with Leões after having been a target in previous seasons. The former Valencia forward will provide an edgier approach near the opponent’s box, something that often missed last season. Mathieu and Coates form a very solid duo at the back and should continue being the team’s most reliable point. Goalkeeper Renan passed the first season test and his ability and stability should only improve from now on. Not having improved the level of quality from last season (quite the opposite, the departure of Bruno Fernandes will mean a step back), Sporting is expected to continue a few steps behind their two rivals in terms of general quality of the squad.

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In theory Sporting will be assuming to be title candidates, as they cannot ask more patience from their fans; however, is it realistic to hope for a league title with the current squad?

Season Review
2018/2019

№3: Sporting CP

The hot summer of 2018 announced a disastrous season for Leões. A sequence of destructive measures led the club to lose several important players; some of them were recovered; some other weren’t. 2018-19 was not that much of a failure, though, and much because one of those players that came back was Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder single-handedly led Sporting into at least keeping a place on the top three. New coach Marcel Keizer had a good impact when replaced Peseiro around December, but soon Sporting’s game plan was spotted by opponents, and Leões went into a rough period. It all improved in the last months, which was enough to pass Braga and hold the third place. Bas Dost spent a considerable time out in injury; curiously, he missed the best period of the team, which makes one wonder about how the Dutch striker limits the team’s game, despite the goals he scores. Coates and Mathieu were the rock that sustained Sporting at the back, with a good help from Renan who was a decent adding in goal. Wendel finally got game time and proved to be an obvious reference for this Sporting in the centre. Next season, the fans won’t be so tolerant, and will certainly expect the team to be back at challenging for the title. That won’t be easy, though, especially since Bruno Fernandes is not expected to be around anymore.


Player of the Season: Bruno Fernandes

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