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Sporting, second place, with 73 points, six points behind isolated leaders Porto, Benfica welcomes third place with 64 points, on Easter Sunday, at 20:30, at Jose Alvalade Stadium, in Lisbon, in a duel ruled by Fabio Verissimo, for the Lyria Society.

National champion Sporting has made progress “in the same vein and with more options” with regard to the 2020/21 season, and also pays tribute to former footballer Carlos Xavier, who is confident of beating Benfica, on Sunday, in the derby of round 30 of the first Spanish League. .

“It’s a crucial period, in which Sporting is relying on themselves and others, but they have to do their job and win the last five games. We’ll see if that’s still enough. Things are tough. Wins with calm and mastery. But there’s a former midfielder who told The Lions (1980/1991 and 1994/1996) For Loza It’s always something surprising in every game and it doesn’t let us get close to the leadership.

Sporting, second place, with 73 points, six points behind isolated leaders Porto, Benfica welcomes third place with 64 points, on Easter Sunday, at 20:30, at Jose Alvalade Stadium, in Lisbon, in a duel ruled by Fabio Verissimo, for the Lyria Society.

Unfortunately, there were two outcomes that were not planned. [derrotas com Santa Clara e Braga], but they happen. On the other hand there is a stable team [FC Porto]Which has everything to win the title and some ease in terms of referees. I’m expecting a tough job, but Sporting are going through an exceptional season.”

The winners of the Super Cup and the League Cup “Black” have reached the round of 16 of the Champions League for the second time in their history – as they were eliminated by Manchester City (thrashed 0-5 at home and drew 0-0 away.) – and will face a disadvantage ( 1-2 in Al-Faladi) the second leg of the Portuguese Cup “half” against Porto Club.

“I will not say [um desaire do Sporting com o Benfica] I’ll fix it once and for all, but it’s complicated math [da luta pela liderança do campeonato]. We know there are still tough matches on both sides and FC Porto must also go to Braga and Luz. He stressed that if the matter is honest and the judges whistle the law according to the law, then I think there is still a possibility.”

Carlos Xavier, 60, justifies his “steadfastness of play, regularity and faith” with Sporting’s victory over Benfica this season, in the 13th round of La Liga (3-1) and in the League Cup final (2-1). , both based on Robin Amorim’s “3-4-3” hardness.

“Athletes are increasingly accommodating this system and the team is confident and has a very strong psychological side. Sporting know that Benfica faced a difficult match. [no empate 3-3 em Liverpool, na quarta-feira, para a Liga dos Campeões]he ran a lot and was able to come up with some clothes for Alvalade, but it has nothing to do with that, ”he admitted.

Anticipating a “primary midfield fight” to disrupt the Lisbon derby, the former Portuguese international, who became a national champion for Alvalad FC in 1981/82, notes that the sector “sweats a lot of football” at the moment “green is white”.

Among the “victims” are the injured Moroccan Zuhair Fadal, and the suspended Brazilian Matthews Reyes, even Carlos Xavier considered that the left winger, who often plays in the central defense trio, “was the most regular” of them. Sporting.

“It is important in defensive and offensive maneuvers, so it is not recommended to go out of the game. So far there are things that are done with great lightness, but we are used to it. Whoever plays, the team always performs and appears at a high level”, highlighted the two-time Portuguese Cup winner (1981). /82 and 1994/95) and three Super Cups (1982, 1987 and 1995).

Eleven former midfielders are likely to be Luis Neto as the center left and Nuno Santos on the left, as well as Spanish striker Pablo Sarabia, the most influential player in 2021/22, with 17 goals and eight assists in. 39 matches.

“He was named a superstar and it was confirmed that he was a great player. He came to the best team he could choose, in order to relaunch his career, as he was covered a little bit at Paris Saint-Germain. An exceptional season that came with a lot of positives and he is a player who makes the difference in special moments.”

Pablo Sarabia was flanked by Pedro Gonçalves and England’s Marcos Edwards in a moving offensive front in the victory in Tondela (3-1), of which Islam Slimani was excluded, after he left the last training session before that match earlier, due to a lack of. of commitment.

“It’s the locker room where there are no black sheep or scapegoats and the coach knows how to manage it well. It was good for the player. It gave him a rest after defeating Algeria in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.” He is very modern so he took a week to clean up. Now, he will give a strong impetus to the derby,” concluded Carlos Xavier, confident of the joint ownership of Soleimani and Paulinho.

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