Amorim: "We have to treat things normally to keep the top spot"
Sporting CP face Vitória SC on Saturday (8:30pm)
Sporting Clube de Portugal coach Rúben Amorim looked ahead to the league leaders' Saturday league game against Vitória SC in his pre-match press conference.
“We have to break down everything that revolves around being in first place. Simplifying things, we have to keep the lead in Liga NOS by winning the game. We only have to win, because by winning we will maintain the position. Our goal is always to maintain or improve, but as we cannot improve our position at this point - only our points, then that is what it's about. It's another game, and we will have to win and treat things normally - it's the best way to go about things”, he said.
“Vitória SC were very strong offensively last season, but had some gaps in defence. It seems that this has changed now; they have a new coach, whose quality we already know from his time at CD Santa Clara. They are a very strong team, and the side that have conceded the fewest goals so far, as well as having individual players in attack like Ricardo Quaresma or Marcus Edwards who can make a difference. They are also still at the beginning of a process, but they are an excellent team; they have a lot of points and they strive for big ambitions. It will be a difficult game at a ground that is always tough to visit".
Finally, the coach revealed what the team will need to do to take the three points.
“We have studied the opposition and seen where there may be some weak points, but after that it depends on the individuals. (…) We have players of great quality, either in the starting eleven or who can come on during the game. We hope that the Sporting CP players will be inspired. If they are not, we will take them out and bring in others. This is how we will try to win, as we have done throughout the season".