Sporting history against England opponents in UEFA's events is not famous, not to mention the games in the UK. Two wins, two draws and seven beats are a record for the "lions", which was still the first Portuguese team to win in England: in October 1981, the Alvalade Symbol on Southampton Land (2-4) was placed in the second round of the UEFA Cup. In this historic triumph, two goals for Leoni were marked by Manuel Fernandes, the father of the current Sporting coach who was two months old.
While Sporting does not officially announce the name of the new coach, Tiago Fernandes is temporarily managing the team he has taken from José Peseiro. After winning the knife against Santa Clara, the "Lion" face of the Arsenal Fourth Day E Group Europa League (20h, SIC). And Tiago Fernandez, who will debut in European competition, ensures that the team will go to London to win and honor the spirit of 1981. "This is a European league game with great players. We know that Arsenal is a value and quality, but we are Sporting. We will try to resist the quality of our opponent," he said in a preview of the game.
Tomorrow [hoje] The secret is to play Sporting, with a huge ambitions and a great desire to win. From a tactical point of view, we must take into account what the opponent does. We must be ready. If we make a mistake, they will love it more often because they have a lot of quality. We can not enjoy it. In a tactical sense, we need to be very organized and coordinated, since we were in the Azores, "added Tiago Fernandes
It will have the best Sporting version for points in London. "gunners"They have lost 14 games in all competitions (the last winner returns in August) and when playing at home, the Unai Emery team has an almost perfect record: seven wins, one lottery and one loss. The only teams that managed to leave the Emirates without losses were Manchester City and Liverpool, nobody throwing a technical lemon. "Arsenal is a great team, but we have a huge hope that tomorrow points will be raised. [hoje], for that very reason we are coming. We want to play first place in the group. Let's start playing to win, with ambitions, shoulders and attitude, "he said.
Tiago Fernandes reiterated that he was available to help "Sporting" without stretching, at a press conference in the presidency, which repeatedly raised the issue of Marcel Keizer, who pointed to Josie Peseiro's most appropriate "lion" training successor. "I have had great help from our players, they have been trained fantastically. I am ahead of a group of great quality and professionalism. I will continue to sport and will be available to help what the club understands. For the rest, I do not have to worry, management knows what is the best for the club, "he concluded.
In London, there was no uncertainty in the technical management of the "lions", but Arsenal's manager devalued the subject, emphasizing the importance of the game to determine the classification of the E Group in the European League. "Sporting has a lot of good players, they have been dismissed by the coach, but this is a very important game to reach the first place in the group. We have a meeting with tremendous respect for the opponent," said Spanish Unai Emery, who took over Arsène Wenger, who was responsible for "gunners"
Landlords have a great time and they can imitate their way to the 32nd European League win tonight. "Of course, the main goal is to finish at the top of the table. It will also be an important game, because we can guarantee leadership. This will be a good challenge for us in the competition, which we consider important not only for the title, but also for how to become the Champions League next season, "said Emery.