Uan injury to a tendon in his left thigh left Paulinho out of the game against Portimonense and could also withdraw the Classic striker against FC Porto next Saturday.
So what will be the impact of Paulinho’s absence, if it is confirmed? Carlos Xavier, ex-Sporting player, believes that Tiago Tomás will be the ideal solution if the former Sp. Braga does not play.
In exclusive statements to the Sports to the Minute, the former Leonine defender believes that the young striker has what it takes to make an excellent game at Dragão.
“It’s like Rúben Amorim says, Paulinho isn’t there, there are others. Until Paulinho arrived, Sporar and Tiago Tomás were playing. Paulinho, despite being a great player, was still getting along with the team. Tiago Tomás should play and we are well served, he is a kid with enormous potential ”, he started by saying.
“Tiago Tomás is more mobile and not as fixed as Paulinho. Paulinho is also perhaps stronger in the aerial game. However, Tiago Tomás has the quality to play up front and he will probably be the starter. Sporting should play with quick transitions and explore the inner game in the midst of FC Porto centrals, who are not very fast. We have Nuno Santos, Pote and Tiago Tomás who are very fast and we can hurt FC Porto that way. In the League Cup, this type of football was important, but we know it will be a difficult game. FC Porto will do everything to avoid losing this game, nor the title train “, added Carlos Xavier.
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Next Saturday’s game at Estádio do Dragão (20h30) can be decisive in the title accounts and the ex-footballer does not believe in a defeat, but highlights the margin that exists before his rivals.
“Sporting can lose three games until the end of the championship. I hope he is not beaten by FC Porto. There are still a lot of games left, a long way to go … but rivals should not win all games either. You need to be with your feet firmly on the ground and not accuse the pressure “, he stressed, before talking about the punctual difference that exists in relation to FC Porto, Sp. Braga and Benfica.
“Nobody imagined this difference. What I imagined is that Sporting was starting a project that they should have done a long time ago. It was necessary to value what you have at home and a coach who bet on this project. Rúben Amorim came to make a difference and from there everything was possible. What I was not expecting was that the rivals would lose as many points as they are losing, but Sporting has to make its way ”, finished.
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