Matthaus’ Diary – October 2012
Sporting 5-1 Anderlecht – Europa League – 4.10.12
Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Elias, Pranjic, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel, van Wolfswinkel
Subs Used: Kara for Carrico (73), Xandao for Pranjic (79), Soares for Boulahrouz (84)
Goals: Capel (3), Wasilewski OG (17), Adryan (20), van Wolfswinkel (35), Carrillo (88); Suarez (40)
MOTM: Capel (Sporting)
Sporting 2-1 Maritimo – Liga ZON Sagres - 7.10.2012
Patricio, Soares, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Rodriguez, Elias, Labyad, Pranjic, van Wolfswinkel, Rubio
Subs Used: Kara for Rodriguez (10)
Goals: van Wolswinkel (34), Pranjic (pen 50); Fidelis (2)
MOTM: van Wolswinkel (Sporting)
Taça de Portugal 3rd Round Draw
Sporting have been drawn away to Torres Novas, who aren’t in a league competition in the 3rd round of the Taça de Portugal. We’ll play them on the 21st of October. We were runners-up last season, but I think we can go all the way this year.
Goalkeeper Marcelo Boeck has suffered a twisted knee in training and will be out for about two weeks. We should be able to cope without him, as Patricio is first choice, and Ederson can be on the bench.
Torres Novas 0-3 Sporting – Taça de Portugal R3 – 21.10.2012
Ederson, Rodriguez, Xandao, Rojo, Insua, Martins, Kara, Labyad, Adryan, van Wolfswinkel, Rubio
Subs Used: Schaars for Kara (HT), Bakkali for Rubio (HT)
Goals: Adryan (19, 77), van Wolfswinkel (53)
MOTM: Rodriguez (Sporting)
Zilina 2-4 Sporting – Europa League – 25.10.2012
Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Labyad, Kara, Schaars, Adryan, van Wolfswinkel, Rubio
Goals: Guima (47), Le Giang (63); Kara (52), Rubio (77, 86), van Wolfswinkel (90+2)
MOTM: Rubio (Sporting)
Daniel Carrico has suffered a strained neck in training, and will miss 7-9 days. I have confidence in Xandao’s ability to come in and perform while Carrico is out.
Setubal 0-4 Sporting – Liga ZON Sagres – 28.10.2012
Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Xandao, Insua, Labyad, Kara, Schaars, Adryan, van Wolfswinkel, Rubio
Goals: Boulahrouz (19), Schaars (26), Kara (54), Rubio (82)
MOTM: Insua (Sporting)
Another perfect month, although we had to switch tactics again, which isn’t ideal. Since we’ve started playing this 4-3-1-2, we’ve been playing really well, scoring 11 goals in 3 away matches. Next month we have 5 fixtures, which I think all are winnable.
I'm second behind Porto on goal difference though, and 6 points clear of Benfica in third.