Amorim: "We have to go at FC Arouca and win"
The coach looks at this weekend's league game
Sporting Clube de Portugal welcome FC Arouca to the Estádio José Alvalade this Saturday (8:30pm local time) on Matchday 25 of the Liga Portugal season.
In his press conference, coach Rúben Amorim stressed that the players are prepared to face the match, and also analysed the opponents.
“We are ready for a difficult game against a team that have grown a lot in their way of playing with the ball. We have compared the game from the first half of the season with the last few games for them, and they have grown a lot: David Simão has come in to give quality to the midfield. They have three strong players up front for the transitions and, although they don't live off that alone, they have great ability,” he began by telling the journalists present.
“Arsenio had some problems and Antony came in on the left, and he is a faster player and perhaps helped with that aspect of the game. They had a great showing in Guimarães, which is not easy. We expect a very difficult game, but we have to win and we are prepared for that. FC Arouca are dangerous on transitions and they will be comfortable with the results they have had, and for them it is a game without any responsibility. We have to go after them and win,” he underlined, before considering that it is necessary to use Sporting CP's recent performances to see what there is to improve.
“We had an advantage at Dragão, and we have to understand why we didn't do other things after that. Against CS Marítimo we didn't win out of misfortune, but we were good enough to score a second goal. In this last game with FC Porto, the same thing happened; we have to think about what occurred after the penalty. That has to be the focus. We are a team that are not used to these phases. It's a question of explaining to the players that everything is open. It's more difficult, but it's possible -and when it's possible, that's enough for teams to exceed themselves," he said.
After confirming that João Palhinha, Pedro Gonçalves and Daniel Bragança are unavailable for the match, Amorim was asked if, given these absences, he could use youngsters like Dário Essugo to fill the midfield.
"These are always the right moments to do that, although it's easier when the team are winning. If we do that, the team won't lose our identity, so it could be an opportunity to field some of the kids. I don't know if we're going to do it this week, but it's always a possibility”, he said, before reinforcing his desire to return to winning ways.
“It's easier when you win. You recover faster, the games don't have as much impact and the feeling is good. Our focus is for us to be able to win the next game, and the one that comes after that. It's not the first time that we have had a run in which we have lacked results, so it's a matter of facing it with normality - although for teams like us it always holds a great weight of responsibility."