We bought 3 new players in the January-window. The signing of Raphinha was made already in October but he couldn't join our team until now.
Raphinha is a great player with big potential. The 23-year old winger were not happy at Sporting and I felt that 27M€ is a fantastic price for him.
We also signed Pedro from Fluminense in Brazil. Pedro is a 22-year old striker who scored almost 50 goals in less than 100 games for Fluminense. The Brazilian striker were very close to sign for Benfica, and that's the way I found him. Pedro himself prefered Porto over Benfica and that's why we got him.
Sousa is a 16-year old talent from Vitoria Setubal. He is a CM and he has got a 5-star potential so I'm sure that he will be great for us in the future.
We began the new year by getting absolutely smashed by Benfica in Lisbon. After a quiet first half we didn't manage to hold out and Benfica scored four.
Against Gil Vicente Raphinha made his debut and he managed to score two goals already in the first half. Gil Vicente is one of the worst teams in the league and it was an easy win.
The game against Rio Ave was boring but we managed to get the three points thanks to the goals by Foden and Mbemba.
After getting smashed in Lisbon I realized that the league title will not stay in Porto this year. That was our last chance to get closer and to end their winning-streak. As I've mentioned earlier, I don't think that we have had a bad season, it's just Benfica that have been way too good.
Our biggest problem has been the defence who has conceded 21 goals in 19 games which is more than we conceded the whole last season in the league (20).
TAÇA DA LIGA
In the league cup semifinal we played against SL Benfica on a neutral stadium. They were the better team but with a bit more luck we could have taken the game to penalties where we know that we have an advantage. A disappointing month to say the least. Now we look forward to the Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund.
ScottT: Unfortunately it looks like Benfica won't drop any points I hope to go far in Europe instead, thank you!
Justice: Well Porto is a big club with 2 CL-titles, but I agree that it's one of the best results.
TheLFCFan: Thank you very much!