Sérgio Conceição acknowledges the challenge he has upon him
After another disappointing season, FC Porto needs a good start in this new season.
After their pre-season friendlies in Mexico, the Dragons preferred to continue their preparation facing national opponents (Vitória de Guimarães, Portimonense and Gil Vicente), despite their presentation match against Spanish side Deportivo, where they tried to acquire some dynamics in a context where it wasn’t too hard to win.
Assembling his squad for this Liga NOS with a very feisty striker partnership, Aboubakar and Tiquinho Soares, Sérgio Conceição’s FC Porto will look to present the same offensive tenacity that distinguished him as a player.
Trusting on a good defensive organization that they already had last year, especially if they can keep Danilo, FC Porto is a team built to shine domestically.
To approach the European competitions, there will be time, since Sérgio Conceição’s plan seems to be really focused on winning the maximum amount of points possible in the early stages of the championship.
Estoril is a team that promotes youth talent, and they are aiming at staying in this top flight and getting opportunities to sell their players. With Pedro Emanuel, they have an ambitious and prepared manager, something that they had been lacking since Marco Silva left.
Their job in this beginning of the season is to try and balance those 2 goals in order to get a relaxed season. Their pre-season victories against Rayo Vallecano and Belenenses are a good indicator that this team should be ready to achieve them.
Porto vs Estoril Pick :
With Estádio do Dragão completely sold out, FC Porto will likely be pushing to get an early goal and assume a dominant offensive posture in this match,
The work made by Sérgio Conceição points in that direction and the Dragons will be trying to go for a mauling of their opponent here.
Estoril’s defensive ability might be their biggest weakness in this early season, so the hosts are clear favourites to win here.