Sporting vs Barcelona – UEFA Champions League: Champions League is dangerous territory for Jorge Jesus’ Sporting…
The Portuguese manager was never able to deal with the European competitions very well. First, because it is a territory that he doesn’t control, because he doesn’t have the same deep knowledge he has on the Portuguese league.
Then, because it forces him to manage different objectives over the course of the season, which is a situation that demands a better ability of management and adaptation of speech and options according to the context.
After having lost themselves on the way to deal with this reality last season, where they were in a hard group, this season things are looking to go down the same route.
The draw in Moreira de Cónegos, with the team being somewhat divided between their need to beat Moreirense and the idea of hosting Barcelona, is a warning for the danger Sporting will face.
Against Barcelona, the team will face have to be at their best, and they will have to play in a completely different way than they usually do in the Portuguese league.
Therefore, it won’t be surprising if Jorge Jesus sets up some adaptations on his starting XI, which is usual on his approaches to this kind of matches.
However, is it realistic to believe he will be able to stop Messi? Or that, by stopping Messi, they will be able to stop Barcelona’s attack?
Sporting vs Barcelona – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The recent experiments in La Liga tell us it is not.
Barcelona always finds answers to the problems they have to face and they are used to playing on a much higher rhythm than the one Sporting will try to impose on this match.
Therefore, I expect a match where Sporting will sit back, looking for their wingers to have the ability of causing some troubles to the Catalans’ defence.
But the history of this match will be, mainly, understanding for how long Sporting will be able to keep a clean sheet.
|Barcelona to score in both halves||