Shaky Preseason for Porto
Porto have struggled to find their best form so far in their preseason tour, as the manager claims that the team are just finding it hard to adapt to his playing style, while pundits fear that this could be signs of things to come for the Portuguese giants.
Their first encounter was against Hannover, at the start of their tour of Germany. This match ended 2-2, with goals coming from strikers Christian Benteke and Jackson Martinez, either side of a strike from Artur Sobiech. In the 79th minute, they conceded a penalty, which was calmly put away by Christian Schulz to level up the score.
The next match came against Duisburg, a team in the 3rd division of Germany. Due to the apparent lack of strength in the opposition team, Porto fielded a young side. The final score as 2-0, with new signing Valentin Stocker scoring both goals, in the 29th and 34 minutes.
The third match was Porto's first loss, after a condemning 1-0 defeat against Herta Berlin, where Porto choose to play a second string team. The only goal came from Pierre-Michel Lassoga, who found the net in the 61st minute.
After a routine 4-0 win against the B team, with a brace from Jackson Martinez, and goals from Stocker and Kelvin helping them along the way, they played their hardest opposition in Liverpool. The match ended 1-0 to the English club, with a goal in the 25th minute from Steven Gerrard the difference between the two sides. Although Porto fought admirably without star man Jackson Martinez who was out with an injury, they failed to get anything out of the match, leaving their fans bitterly disappointed.
Next up for Porto is Vit Guimaraes in the Supertaca final, before 2 more friendlies against Galatasaray and Tourizense. They will expect wins against Guimaraes and Tourizense, while hopefully maintaining their honour against Galatasaray, otherwise pressure could grow on boss Arthur Anderson.