Marcel Emperor has not a good word to say about the way in which Sporting CP Monday night the battle went against CD Tondela. The Portuguese lost surprisingly 2-1 at the laagvlieger.
“My team appeared, unfortunately not on the field with the right attitude to win the match,” concluded the Emperor after the race. “We started very bad and after that have no more been able to the contest to check.”
Sporting looked already after six minutes, at a disadvantage in Estádio João Cardoso. The visitors were then not in the second half to force, also played Tondela from the 54th minute with ten men after a red card of João Jaquité (two times yellow).
The home team increased the margin in the 74th minute with a man less even to two. Jérémy Mathieu was signed two minutes later, although for the aansluitingstreffer, but Sporting was able to secure a point from the fire to drag.
“We struggled without Dost’
The emperor had against Tondela without the injured top scorer Bas Dost, but the former coach of Ajax is not that his team is behind the loss of the Dutch striker may be hiding.
“It was clear that we were struggling without Dost. But the eighteen players that were in the selection were, were it required to do better,” said the Emperor, who do not have any winter reinforcements wanted to talk.
“I can’t say about our activities in the transfer market. It comes to the players that I now have and they simply had to win of Tondela. That didn’t work out.”
By the defeat at Tondela – the second loss of Sporting under the Emperor – the team from Lisbon on the fourth place in the Primeira Liga with 34 points. Leader FC Porto has eight more.
Position in top five in Portugal
- 1. FC Porto 16-42
- 2. Sporting Braga 16-36
- 3. Benfica 16-35
- 4. Sporting CP 16-34
- 5. Moreirense 16-28