Matthaus’ Diary – December 2012
Sporting 5-0 Limianos – TdP R5 – 3.12.2012
Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Elias, Schaars, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel, van Wolfswinkel
Subs Used: Labyad for Elias (79), Jeffren for Capel (79), Izmailov for Carrillo (79)
Goals: Elias (17), Adryan (27, 49), van Wolfswinkel (40), Capel (68)
MOTM: Adryan (Sporting)
Anderlecht 1-2 Sporting – Europa League – 6.12.2012
Patricio, Roriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Elias, Labyad, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel, van Wolfswinkel
Subs Used: Izmailov for Labyad (50)
Injuries: Labyad (groin strain, 2-3 weeks)
Goals: Suarez (pen 10); Elias (39), Izmailov (pen 90+4)
MOTM: Carrillo (Sporting)
Rio Ave 0-6 Sporting – Liga ZON Sagres – 9.12.2012
Patricio, Soares, Xandao, Boulahrouz, Rojo, Kara, Elias, Schaars, Pranjic, van Wolfswinkel, Rubio
Subs Used: Rodriguez for Soares (64), Izmailov for Elias (64), Carrillo for van Wolfswinkel (73)
Goals: van Wolfswinkel (4, 23, 58), Rubio (31, 44, 67)
MOTM: Rubio (Sporting)
Moreirense 0-3 Sporting – Liga ZON Sagres – 16.12.2012
Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Kara, Elias, Schaars, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel
Goals: Boulahrouz (6), Carrico (38), Carrillo (51)
MOTM: Carrillo (Sporting)
Europa League Knockout Round Draws
We will play sc Heerenveen in the first knockout round of the Europa League. The first leg will be in Holland, and I think we should go through comfortably over the two legs.
If we get though the first round, we will play either LOSC Lille or FC Basel in the second round. This will be slightly tougher, although I think we stand a good chance of going through.
Taça da Liga Third Phase Draw
We have been drawn against Olhanense, Beira-Mar, and Atletico CP in the third phase of the League Cup. We should easily go through this group, and win all games in the process.
The Atletico CP match will be played on 30th December 2012, away from home. The Beira-Mar match will be played on the 2nd January 2013, at home. The Olhanense match will be played on the 8th January 2013, also at home.
Atletico CP 0-5 Sporting – TdL R3 – 30.12.2012
Patricio, Rodriguez, Boulahrouz, Carrico, Insua, Elias, Pranjic, Schaars, Carrillo, Adryan, Capel
Goals: Schaars (7, 29), Pranjic (10), Carrico (14), Carrillo (26)
MOTM: Schaars (Sporting)
We had another absolutely brilliant month, won all five of our games, including a fantastic 2-1 away win against Anderlecht. We started using a new tactic for the last two games of the month, and it’s worked like a charm. It doesn’t use any strikers, yet we’ve scored eight in two games. Our first league game of 2013 is against Porto, and we can go five points clear with a win against them.
Still top by two points, ahead of Benfica by 10 too. We play Porto at the start of January, and we'll look to stretch our lead to 5 points with a win.