Matthaus' Diary - End of February 2013
Taca da Liga Semi-Final Draw
We will play Braga at home in the semi-final of the League Cup. This should be an easy win, which will be played on 27th February 2013.
The other semi-final will be Porto v Benfica, at Porto, which will be an interesting match, played the day after us.
Sporting 5-0 Braga – TdL SF – 27.2.2013
Patricio, Soares, Xandao, Rojo, Insua, Kara, Izmailov, Schaars, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel
Subs Used: Adrien for Izmailov (63)
Goals: Capel (2, 81), Izmailov (pen 23), Carrillo (30), Xandao (39)
MOTM: Capel (Sporting)
Taca da Liga Final Draw
We will play our fierce rivals Benfica in the final of the League Cup. We hammered Braga, while they beat Porto on penalties after a 2-2 draw. I think we are favourites for this again, with our form, but we will still have to play well. We’ll play Benfica twice in three days, and I want a win from both.
I don’t think this month could have gone much better. We won two European games, and a derby against Benfica. We stayed clear of Porto, and won every game. If we play like this next season, we’ll be a match for any team in Europe. If we only play like this for the rest of the season, the title is still ours, along with at least two cups.
We're still 7 points clear of Porto, and now 18 clear of Benfica.