Preseason & The League Cup
Before the proper league season and in between preseason we had a little League Cup group stage to partake in.
The League Cup is in a Champions League format and begun before the league started. It gave us the chance to really gel, integrate new signings into the team and create a healthy atmosphere that gave us confidence going into a challenging new season.
Here are the draws for the cup and how we fared in preseason.
The League Cup Group
This is a very tough draw. We have been drawn against top end teams that will be difficult to beat and I think we may come rock bottom, which is unfortunate because I want tip-top morale for the season ahead.
are, in our fans' eyes, our biggest rivals. They will be hungry for a victory over this side and we know we can get it, as this team are probably the weakest, apart from us of course, in the group. If we can get a goal early on and then hang on - I think we can get a result here!
are a tougher team than meets the eye and a result may be hard to come by against this side. If we can get a few good results before we play them and we have bumped up morale, sure, I don't see why not, but we need to get to work and prepare before we know we can win.
were recently relegated from the Primeira Liga. They are more or less a top division quality side and will be tough to beat, a draw of any kind is more than enough for me. We will probably adopt a defensive approach in order to beat this side, although that may not be enough.
are one of the weaker teams of the group. A result is possible here and this could be a game where we look to bump up morale preseason. Overall, it is a tough, tough group but I'm really not to fussed about it. We can get some chemistry between our new signings and we can have a great season!
Pre Season Results
A short preseason, largely due to the League Cup, but a fairly good one. Two wins in winnable games and a loss against a first division team. Overall we can look back on preseason with a lot of confidence and positivity and transfer that form into the League Cup and League itself.
are a division below us and the narrow win wasn't as pleasing as first hoped, but I guess the boys were still getting their minds and bodies back into their footballing groove.
The friendly vs. Nacional da Madeira
was always going to be a tough one, and in only our second match back I was please with how well we played against a side a division above us! Adding on to the narrow loss, the gate receipts collected are sure to help out our balance, one that is going down slowly but steadily.
The final game of our preseason was against Mafra
, who I am pretty sure we played last season. A convincing 4-0 victory was exactly what I was looking for. Not only did the win provide confidence and add a happier atmosphere to the dressing room afterwards but it showed me that despite so little time we were already gelling well.
Overall, I think despite the shortened length of preseason we were productive.
The two wins are good but they were against lowly opposition but it was positive seeing us test a team a divisons above us and that showed promising signs.
I really cannot wait for the new season - I think we have more than enough to keep ourselves above water. We need to keep it simple, keep the dressing room happy and overall, get the results! Let's see how we go!!