The Sporting coach said today that he wants to beat Vitória de Guimarães this Saturday so that the team can breathe before the reception of the Turkish team Besiktas, for the Champions League.
Rúben Amorim, who was speaking at a press conference previewing the 10th round of the 1st League, warned of the difficulties that the team led by Pepa could bring to the national champions.
“As they are not responsible for the game, even though it is a huge club, the pressure is on Sporting’s side. They are very strong at attacking, because they have a lot of talent, they are a team that is well worked out. When you press high and attack a lot, it’s difficult. We know this, because we also have this difficulty”, he began by saying.
The coach of the ‘lions’ showed that he knows his opponent well, which counts as a whole, and says he is prepared for anything.
“The great danger comes from the team that Guimarães is. From the players you put in front. If Rochinha and Edwards play, they change sides. If you play Lent, they play more open. Pepa brought some things from Paços de Ferreira. If Vitória de Guimarães lose in Alvalade it won’t be a problem, if the opposite happens, it will be a problem for Sporting”, he admitted.
Fighting for the renewal of the national title, Rúben Amorim only has in mind the conquest of three points, not least because a triumph will be a good lever for Wednesday’s reception against Besiktas, for the fourth round of group C of the Champions League.
“Tomorrow the best team will play. The main focus has always been the championship. And it’s the next game. Vitória de Guimarães is a great team, they will be playing with maximum strength and we have to win. The best way to recover for Besiktas (Champions League) is to win the championship game, relax, let’s say, from this part and face the game with a different spirit”, he defended.
Regarding the renewal of Pedro Gonçalves’ contract, announced today and linking the player to Sporting until 2026, Rúben Amorim says he is happy and said that other renewals are in the pipeline.
“Merit from SAD, from the club’s management and, mainly, from Hugo Viana, who is renewing with very important players for us. Players who have a very good progression margin. Pedro Gonçalves misses us a lot, not only for the player he is, but also for the goals he scores. I am very happy. I have an idea that there might be some more renewal in the coming weeks. More than going outside, we want to keep our players”, he defended.
Sporting, second placed, with 23 points, equal to FC Porto, host this Saturday, at 21:15, Vitória de Guimarães, seventh, with 13, in a game of the 10th round of the I League, which will be refereed by Rui Costa, from the Porto Football Association.
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