This Sporting de Braga side has been leaving me more and more doubtful over the course of this early season stage.
On the pre-season matches they seemed to be comfortable in taking control of the match, building their play well and with great mobility up front, where Dyego Sousa could be the distinguishing element.
But on the official matches, Abel Ferreira has looked to, almost always, let the opponent take the initiative and control the match
If it worked against Benfica – despite the loss, must have been one of the matches where I enjoyed their performance the most – it has shown to be lacklustre against other opponents.
That’s why, in their tie against AIK, Braga suffered so hard to make sure they got through to this play-off, despite their superiority in several periods of the matches.
That’s also why, in Iceland, they have overexposed to FH’s very physical style, even allowing the Icelandic to continue exploring the long balls from their central defenders in a period where, if they had put more pressure on, they would avoid all of these distresses.
With the advantage of having won away from home, Braga cannot, however, ease up again.
It is likely that FH looks to impose their more physical style again to reach the goal and, if they need to pull back in the field, they must look to take over the match and withstand their opponents, who are much worse quality-wise.
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I see Sporting de Braga advancing to the Europa League’s group stage.
However, it is not a team I trust on to keep a clean sheet here. In fact, it has almost never happened so far on their European matches, this season.
In times of trouble, Braga seems to leave their fears behind and look to assert their value and quality.
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