Santos renews until 2024, seen lots of criticism about this because the football's been far from great but it feels like a natural decision to me. I think a lot of people were dreaming about JJ leaving Flamengo for a stint with the national team.
Which is surprising because this is the weakest Liga I have seen in my lifetime. Look at the players both for Benfica and porto and compare it to 8-10 years ago and you see how bad these teams are. Its the perfect time to integrate these players.The bold part about Jovane is a bit scary if you really think about it :P
I have similar opinion as you: I think Camacho is very focused, but he doesn't have enough spark to become a reliable top club winger. He should refactor himself. The base quality is there, though.
Max is secure, but i really don't think he will become a top keeper tbh.
What surprises me most is that Porto has an amazing generation of players, like Diogo Leite, Diogo Queirós, Fábio Silva, Baró, Fábio Vieira, Tomás Esteves and they are failing to take advantage of that. Porto used to be a club who was an example in taking the best out of good generations. I think they had lost their focus on the transfer activity... From a NT perspective it will be a pity if none of those players manage to get to the first team.
And remember Seferovic and Marega actually scored double digits last seasonWhich is surprising because this is the weakest Liga I have seen in my lifetime. Look at the players both for Benfica and porto and compare it to 8-10 years ago and you see how bad these teams are. Its the perfect time to integrate these players.
Jury is still out on Max, he actually reminds me a lot of Rui Patriicio and when Rui first started I dont think anyone would of thought he would become the goalkeeper he became. Time will tell though.
Ze Luis and marega are the starting strikers for Porto, Just think about that for a second. The quality in this league from the big club id piss poor.
120% agree with this. It makes no sense to pay 7.5M for Vietto and 7M for Sporar who have no resell value.And remember Seferovic and Marega actually scored double digits last season
I think Benfica and Porto lost too much focus on their transfer policies: suddenly they are hiring expensive players and some of them are not even youngsters with potential, which is a baffling decision.
Portuguese clubs rely too much on future sale incomes, and this is a high-risk strategy because you just need a couple of seasons where you are not able to make enough transfer money to break even to things to go downhill, and fast.
Buying players who are no longer U23 like Vinicius, Weigl, Raul de Tomás, Marchesin, Nakajima, Zé Luís, Uribe, Saravia, Vietto and even Sporar would only make sense if they were at bargain prices, because they are high risk transfers, even if they eventually deliver quality, for several reasons:
- Players who are no longer U23 are not so marketable and have less transfer potential.
- These players who are expensive also will demand a higher base salary due to their career experience.
- If they fail to make an immediate impact, they will become a burden not only because you can't recover the transfer money, you also can't find many clubs willing to loan him supporting his wage.
I was anticipating it, tbh. i do think the relationship between players, staff and board are not in good terms. The players don't like the president to get into the dressing room after a bad result and doing demoralizing speeches (which he does from time to time) and felt betrayed by Lage getting on board with it.Benfica having a meltdown of epic proportions now
Surely Lage can't stay even one more day
Pauleta was the better player and had the better career club wise.Benfica was an amazing watch yesterday, fair play to Santa Clara they were fantastic all game. Had more corners and shots on goal I think. If there's one league where BCD is really impacting on the bigger clubs it looks like it's Portugal.
On an unrelated note was watching France-Portugal from euro 2000 today. Forgot the meltdown the Portugal players had at the end for the penalty awarded for what was a clear handball from Abel Xavier. The shot from Wiltord looked like it was just going in.
Also how is Nuno Gomes remembered as a player? I get the feeling Pauleta is still much loved even though there's no comparison between the two in major tournaments.
Gomes scored a cracker v France overall 4 goals in euro 2000. Scored crucial winner v Spain that got Portugal out of group stages of euro 2004 then scored v Germany in 2006 and 2008.
Pauleta scored loads for Portgual but just wouldn't happen for him in major tournaments, hat trick v Poland in 2002 and first v Angola in 2006 group stage only tournament goals.
From the moment Lage supported LFV post match dressing room rants, I knew players would make sure he wasn't going to be there next season. Confidence was broken.Ferro, 60 million player, the future of the national team, etc.
He’s not good enough for the second division
Don't think I've ever seen players do the coach like this while in the middle of a title race that's there to be won. It's insane.From the moment Lage supported LFV post match dressing room rants, I knew players would make sure he wasn't going to be there next season. Confidence was broken.
Porto were absolutely awful against Paços too so you never know but in this current climate I think it's next to impossible for Benfica to regain momentum. The coach is gone but I don't believe they'll make a total 180 just like that.Porto still must play against Sporting and Braga but the race for the title is surely over after Porto's win against Pacos de Fereira a few minutes ago and Benfica's current form.
Sporting for the 2nd place (I think that is not totally impossible because Benfica vs Sporting is still on the table)?Porto were absolutely awful against Paços too so you never know but in this current climate I think it's next to impossible for Benfica to regain momentum. The coach is gone but I don't believe they'll make a total 180 just like that.
Not going to lie, I'm starting to dream about it
Today was another stepYou guys are absolutely high if you believe for 1 moment we will end in second place. For one we wont win every game and two and this is the most important....
The system would never allow that level of embarrassment to have Benfica Lose a 7 point lead at the top of the table AND lose a 15 point lead to Sporting of all teams? Never will they let that happen EVER.
Dont know much about him but we only have 2 CBs in our team and we need more depth and experience now that our team is getting younger and younger.WTF Sporting! Hiring a sketchy CB again?!?!?
But hiring a bench CB from Betis? I know the urgency to enhace the position, but there's no market logic whatsoever.Dont know much about him but we only have 2 CBs in our team and we need more depth and experience now that our team is getting younger and younger.
Neto is basically retired he is so bad.
Borja not even a CB.
Was a position we needed to enhance.
Maybe the idea is to stick him at LCB role next to Coated OR they are preparing for an eventual Coates sell?But hiring a bench CB from Betis? I know the urgency to enhace the position, but there's no market logic whatsoever.