January fixtures & results
"OK, look guys,if you lose a game this month, or you will make a lot of draws, I will understand perfectly! This is incredible what happens, how could the league bosses program us 8 games in 30 days?? But guys, we have started something togheter and we will end it as a team! I have faith in you, give your best this month!" - this is how we began this month with a team meeting
Liga ZON Sagres
This month we played 4 games in the league. The first 2 games we won without any problems, but the second 2 we made 2 draws, it was clearly that the players are very tired, but I am still glad that we didn't lose against Porto with the bad condition we had.
After this month for me was clear, we need a top class striker! just let's take a look at Benfica, they are first place after this month, 3 points in front of us. Their striker, Oscar Cardozo scored 31 goals in 17 games, how is that even possible? and our striker just 11...I mean even Nuno Gomes, at 36 has scored more times than Montero.
Taça de Portugal
In the first game we won against Chaves with a goal scored by David Pizarro, to be true, Chaves is a weak side, we were lucky to draw them.
The second game, was the first leg of the semifinal when we played away. Before the game I had a bad feeling that this will be the first defeat of the season, because players were exhausted, but they managed to win.
We managed to qualify in the next round from the groups of the League cup after 2 wins and 1 draw.
Overall, I am proud of my players after this month!
Other things happened in January
At 1st of January we found out who won the World Golden Ball award, it was no surprise.
The 3 youngsters joined us, Ianis Hagi, Romario and Mario Lucas. Ianis at 14 years old was sent to play for the youth team, Mario Lucas was sent on loan at Fatima and Romario remained with the team as a bakcup because Seitaridis wasan't playing good at all.
At the end of january the fatigue sait it's word and we lost another player, we have so many injuried players, and so much games to play...I feel like here we are loosing the League title.
But the good news of this month is that we signed two young players, very good now and with great perspective of becoming top class players. We signed them on precontract, thei will join us in the summer. These are the players: