Luis Neto was the good news in Sporting’s squad against Rio Ave, one of the three changes promoted by Ruben Amorim compared to the team that lined up in the opening round against SC Braga – Ugarte again entered Morita’s place and Marcos Edwards was a starter in place of the injured Paulinho.
The 34-year-old experienced Portuguese centre-back played 72 minutes before being replaced… only. The Dutch central defender, like what happened with SC Braga, where he came in only in the 60th minute, a substitute used with Vila Condenses, achieved a kind of preparation for the season in full competition, after a painful sprain to the right moving away from the ankle almost during the almost all-black preparation stage for this season.
“We have to do some pre-season play. If there was a player who shouldn’t have left, it was Neto, but we need to put St. Juste play because he wasn’t in pre-season. Maybe he was one of the players who needed the most to prepare for the new season, but he He didn’t. We have to take risks in that aspect, and that’s what we do,” Robin Amorim explained at the end of the match with Rio Ave.
A duel is expected this week over the spot to the right of the three Sporting defenders in the Saturday Classic, against FC Porto, at the Estadio do Dragao.
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