Another loss this month and my first loss at Dragao since I took over this club. After an easy win against Estoril we struggled against Marítimo and were not even close to get the three points. It's a tough loss for us considering that Benfica is in a great form and they are unlikely to drop points in the nearest future.
After 11 games we have the same amount of losses as we had in 34 games last season. Hopefully Benfica will start dropping points soon or it will be hard for us to defend the title. Once again it will be a title race between us and them.
We took on both RB teams at Dragao this month and we managed to get six points out of six to secure our place in the round of 16!
Against Leipzig we got off to a good start and despite the guests getting an early goal in the second half we managed to hold out.
Against Salzburg we played one of the most crazy games since I took over Porto. We totally outplayed them and had a confident 3-0 lead after just 28 minutes. However, Salzburg worked their way in and after a late goal in the late stages of the first half, they managed to score two more in the second half. Considering that Leipzig had the lead against Real Madrid I felt that we had to take this opportunity and win here. We pushed forward and managed to take the lead thanks to Herrera. That's how the game ended.
We are qualified to the next round but the first place is what we are looking for. Real Madrid needs to beat us by two goals to take the first place, however if we beat them and Leipzig win their game, they will be out. It's an important game for the team that have won this trophy the last four seasons, so the pressure is on them!
TAÇA DE PORTUGAL
We are out of the cup! Beltrán sent Feirense through to the next round in extra-time. I rotated the team a lot, just like in the last game, and that's what cost us the win. My rotations combined with giving many youngsters the chance has cost us games in both the league and cup. But I feel like they need to get game time if they are going to grow as players. The biggest difference is in the goalkeeper position where we now have got the 20-year old Diogo Costa instead of Iker Casillas.
One part of me is happy that we are out of the cup because we need to get more time to rest between the league and Champions League, but it's also important for us to win titles. To make it better, or worse, both Benfica and Braga were knocked out in the 4th round as well.
They were in the same Europa League group in real life. In my save RB Salzburg beat them with 5-1 in Leipzig which is a little bit strange..
It will be tough against Benfica. The Real Madrid win was clutch!