August-September 2020: Good To Be Back
How successful would our first few months be?
First off, I'd like to say a big thanks to the readers who have remained patient while I've gone throughly bi-yearly updates, and how slowly they came out. Hopefully we can restart on the right foot here!
After an undefeated preseason we needed to get off on the right foot when it mattered most, and that started a televised awat game against Marítimo
. In what proved to be a fantastic match overall, we came out on top - new signings Alejandro Rivero and Cristiano Ronaldo getting themselves on the scoresheet.
At home for the first time this season, we were tasked with Macedonian outfit Shkendija
. A double from veteran Silvestre Varela and a late goal by iconic striker Sergio Liparoti meant that we put ourselves in a strong position for the second leg.
That game was followed by a crushing 4-0 victory over relegation favourites Belenenses
and then another
4-0 win, this time in the second leg in Macedonia. August finished off in slightly fortunate circumstances, Pedro Monteiro's effort off the post in the 89th minute was enough to see us over the line at Vitoria Setúbal.
September started off with a tough 3-0 win over Arouca, where all three goals came in the last ten minutes. After reaching the group stages, where we were drawn alongside PSV
, Legia Warsaw
and Slovan Bratislava
, we began at the Dutch heavyweights. We went 2-0 down before pulling one back, but the game was killed when they scored again.
Post the PSV game, Vitoria Guimarães
were next in line. Now, you probably know them as our bogey team. In three clashes last year, they beat us on an aggregate score of 14-1...
But it wasn't to be this time, as we turned the tables and got a fantastic 3-0 win! A 2-0 away win over Estoril
was a great way to finish the month!
Unfortunately, I don't see the table on my imgur.
I can confirm, however, we've got ourselves on top of the table early on. A great start league wise is always good because it means we don't have to play catch up and we can set the tone early. Of course, we haven't come across a very big club, but when we do hopefully the confidence of all these wins is enough to get us over the line.
The Month Ahead
A home clash on my birthday against Polish side Legia
awaits (watch out Feliks, Oriental are coming) before a double clash with Nacional da Madeira
, one clash in the league, one in the cup - both away from home. Europa League action continues afterwards when we take on Slovan Bratislava
at home before ending the month against the giants... FC Porto
Wish us luck! *shudders*