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Amorim: "We'll be prepared for the game against Arsenal"

By Sporting CP
16 Mar, 2023

The coach talks about the Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg in London

A decisive game for Sporting CP takes place this Thursday at 8pm, as the team play Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg. After a 2-2 draw in Portugal last week, the tie remains wide open, and coach Rúben Amorim previewed the match at the Emirates Stadium on the eve of the match.

"We have already played against Arsenal and, therefore, they are not an unknown quantity," he said. "This gives us confidence because we know what we want from the game, what we want to do and why we are in good form. We have conceded fewer goals and scored more."

"We gave almost everything that we had in the first leg, but I believe that players can always do better and if Arsenal speed things up even more, we will have another gear for defending and attacking. We are capable of that. Maybe they are more used to doing it because their league is different , but we also have that capability," he explained.

Regarding the preparations made in training before the trip to England, Amorim commented that "our homework had already been done in the first game. The focus before this game was seeing where it is possible to improve -and where Arsenal might also improve. We'll be prepared for the game."

Asked about Antonio Adán, who did not play against Boavista FC, Rúben Amorim revealed that the Spanish goalkeeper "had already done everything to be available to play" this past weekend, and that he will be between the sticks for the Europa League game.

Approximately 3,000 Sporting CP fans will be present in London, and the coach recalled what he had experienced against Tottenham Hotspur and against Manchester City in previous visits to England.

"It always gets easier with the fans there. They are part of our club and we really need them, at home or away, for what we are buildingm" he stated.