Sérgio Conceição had warned, at the previous press conference, that the response that the players gave against Santa Clara could influence the decisions for the Champions. Two stood out.
Sérgio Conceição started on Sunday preparing for the game with Chelsea, the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and will have time to decide which eleven he will present in Seville.
Although the time, so far, has been to focus on Santa Clara, the truth is that the unavailability of Taremi and Sérgio Oliveira in the Champions League (the Iranian was expelled in Turin, the Portuguese was suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards) would have been thought of with resort to the most natural options, taking into account the playing time and the positions they occupy. Luis Díaz would be the main alternative to Taremi, eventually for the team to play in 4x2x3x1 or even as a second striker, with Marega more loose. Grujic, on the other hand, is the immediate solution to the drop of any of the regulars who are regulars.
The game with Santa Clara, however, added two more names to the accounts and multiplied options. Toni Martínez and Fábio Vieira stood out and go straight to the coach’s accounts. This does not mean, of course, that either of them will start. But until Saturday, that was a possibility that didn’t even arise and now it does. Especially because Sérgio Conceição, at the previous press conference, clearly stated that the game with the Azoreans could be important to define options for Chelsea. Fábio and Toni must have heard him well. In the case of the Spaniard, who scored the decisive goal at 90 + 5 ‘, Conceição “won” a direct alternative to Taremi. If you want to use the more normal scheme, the one with which you eliminated Juventus, for example, has a very moralized striker at your disposal.
Fábio Vieira, who had not been used in the main team for almost two months, took advantage of the good moment he brought from the U21 European Championship and capitalized on him at FC Porto. It is, for example, a solution for a midfield with three or even for one of the wings, if the coach prefers Otávio on the inside. Accounts to line up between today and tomorrow, although Díaz and Grujic remain the strongest chances for ownership. The second is, in fact, very likely, because there were few times that Conceição did not play with a clear double pivot in the midfield and when that happened (with Boavista, for example) things did not go very well. In addition, the Serbian has responded well whenever he plays and is cool: 26 minutes only in the national team, none with Santa Clara.
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