Porto 2-0 FC Kobenhavn
Christian Benteke (59,90+2)
Our first game of the month was in the Champions League, against a team who we should be beating. The lads did not disappoint as we ran away 2-0 winners, with striker Christian Benteke scoring both goals. This win sees us go top of our group, and puts us in prime position to qualify in 1st place.
Porto 2-0 Belenenses
Christian Beneke (3), Marat Izmailov (40)
One of only two league games this season, saw us destroy the opposition, despite what the average score line suggests. We had 14 shots, in reply to their 2, and had around 20% more possession. The goals came from Benteke early on, and Izmailov, who had a cracking game, just before the break. We kept our cool in the second half, to get all 3 points.
Porto 2-0 Vit. Setubal
Hector Herrera (19) Alex Sandro (40)
The third round in the Taca de Portugal saw us play against Setubal, lurking in mid table in the Primeira Liga. I initially planned to rest some key players, but after several injuries in the international break, I was forced to play some of them. After a horrible injury to Jackson Martinez, Benteke led the line, but for once he was not on the score sheet. The goals came from Hector Herrera and left back Alex Sandro, who has already scored 3 goals this season.
Porto 2-1 Marseille
Silvestre Varela (4), Chrstian Benteke (90+1)- Alaixys Romao (79)
Our biggest test of the month came against OM in the Champions League. We started off well and got an early goal through winger Varela. We continued to press, but the game was full of stops, with both sides committing lots of fouls. After a lapse in concentration by our defence, Marseille midfielder Romao got in behind our defence and scored. At this point I changed to a more attacking style, to try and get the points. This paid off, as at the very end, our star striker Christian Benteke managed to head home a winner.
Estoril 0-2 Porto
Valentin Stocker (71) Christian Benteke (80)
The last game of the month was surprisingly the only away game against Estoril. We played well, despite fielding a younger team, but it took us a long time to get on the board, with Valentin Stocker, scoring a neat finish. The second game came from a reliable source, with Christian Benteke firing in to seal the deal.
A great month, with 5 wins out of 5, including two wins in the Champions league, to put us top of our group. We still have an unbeaten record in the league, and are looking good contenders for the title. Despite only playing 2 games in the league, we are level on points with Benfica at the top.
Player of the Month
There was only one person who could ever win this award. For the third month running, Christian Benteke will take the crown, after scoring in every game apart from one, including a double against Kobenhavn, and a late winner against Marseille.