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2020/2021

Sporting CP

In


Antonio Adan (gk) Atletico Madrid, SPA; Zouhair Feddal (det) Betis, SPA; Antunes (def) Getafe, SPA; Pedro Porro (def) Valladolid, SPA (on loan from Manchester City, ENG); Palhinha (mid) Braga - return from loan; Daniel Bragança (mid) Estoril - return from loan; Pedro Gonçalves (mid) Famalicão; Nuno Santos (mid/att) Rio Ave;

Out


Jérémy Mathieu (k)(def) retired; Valentin Rosier (sp)(def) released; Rodrigo Battaglia (sp)(mid) Alavés, SPA; Eduardo Henrique (sp)(mid) Crotone, ITA; Francisco Geraldes (sp)(mid) Rio Ave; Yannick Bolasie (att) Everton - return from loan;

Sporting came very close from a disastrous season, got a little better since the arrival of Rúben Amorim, but failed to hold the 3rd place near the end and finished last season out from the top-3. Club's weak financial conditions didn't allow for much improvement during the summer, but there are some good signs on what the team can be building around the figure of young and promising coach Amorim. It should be clear from the start that 'Leões' are not contenders for the title; instead, they aim is to build a winning side for the near future. Holding names like Feddal and Antunes will help the side to remain competitive in the process. Pedro Gonçalves and Nuno Santos are the most exciting new signings for the season, while there are high expectation on some young talents like Jovane Cabral and Nuno Mendes to have their definitive season this time around. The likes of Acuña, Ilori and Palhinha are close to leave. The biggest question however relates with Luciano Vietto's physical condition. If he gets back at proper fitness, he should be the team's reference during the season, but if he fails to return to top fitness, Sporting will look banal in attack. Coates in defence and Wendel in midfield are the team's most solid references. Adan's arrival has been questioned as it may hurt the evolution of promising Luis Maximiano in goal.

Target


Finishing in top-3 as close as possible from the two main rivals Benfica and Porto.

Season Review
2019/2020

№4: Sporting CP

Team ends in 4th place after another highly disappointing season. The extreme weakness of the squad was clearly exposed during the season, and not even the coach of the moment in the country saved Sporting in the end. Sporting has been under some very difficult years lately and the result was a severe weakening on the squad. Bruno Fernandes’ talent was evidently not enough, but things evidently got more fragile after he left in January. Signing with a class forward like Vietto was a good sign for the fans, but it was very short as there was very little investment apart from the Argentinean. Departures from Raphinha and Diaby and the unsettled position of Fernandes in the club surely didn’t help. Dutch coach Keizer failed to give the team the dimension the fans would expect, and didn’t survive the first defeat, right on round 4. Silas came in, team improved, but remained on a very limited level. Defeats against the top teams on the table, including Famalicão, exposed how fragile Leão was, and eventually chairman Varandas decided to spend a record-fee to bring Braga’s gaffer Rúben Amorim on board. Amorim had an immediate impact, more in results than in the level of performances. Still, Leões had arguably their best period on the season with Amorim at the helm, but failed to pick any points when facing Porto and Benfica, losing the 3rd place in the final minutes of the season. Sporting should assume next season as a growing year instead of going already for the title, which seems highly unrealistic at this point.


Player of the Season: Wendel

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