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Rúben Amorim: "It was one-way traffic in the game"

By Sporting CP
25 Oct, 2020

The Sporting CP coach was impressed with his side's Matchday 5 display

Following the victory over CD Santa Clara on Liga NOS Matchday 5, Sporting Clube de Portugal coach Rúben Amorim, was pleased with the performance his players produced.

"It was one-way traffic in the game. We did very well in the first half, with a good dynamic. We had several opportunities to score and then, at the end of the first half -just as happened against FC Porto- we conceded the goal when we had the game under control. That might affect a young team, but it didn't," he said in his post-match press conference.

"In the second half it was also only Sporting CP who wanted to win the game, although at certain times we did not have the same quality. CD Santa Clara also withdrew their line even further. The players who came on performed well and provided a lot of strength for the team. Everyone deserves congratulations".

"We were very strong on our transitions. CD Santa Clara wanted to come forward and couldn't do it, so only sent long balls upfield for which our defenders were prepared. Matheus Nunes had a great first half, and Palhinha is a player we had been lacking. The way he keeps the game in the opponent's midfield by being the first to react to the loss of possession is very good. Then João Mário came on to replace Matheus and showed his quality. We had more of the ball and that gave the last push for us to take the win".