Champions League: FC Porto-Bayer Leverkusen (Key Takeaways)

FC Porto 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen (Estádio do Dragão), 4 October 2022 – key takeaways below

Line-up (4x3x3): Diogo Costa, João Mário, Pepe, David Carmo, Wendell; Uribe, Eustáquio, Bruno Costa; Pepê, Evanilson, Taremi

Also played: Zaidu, Grujic, Otávio, Galeno and Toni Martinez.

We had two back to back ‘finals’ still quite early in the season and have managed to win both of them. After the big (albeit flattering) win against Braga on the weekend, Leverkusen came to town for matchday 3 of the Champions League. After two losses in the first two games, this was a ‘must win’. Porto played like their Champions League lives depended on it in the second-half and came away victorious. It was a difficult, but deserved win.


Portuguese League: FC Porto-Sporting CP (Match Report)

FC Porto 3-0 Sporting CP (Estádio do Dragão), 20 August 2022 – match report below

Line-up (4x1x2x1x2): Diogo Costa, João Mário, Pepe, Marcano, Zaidu; Uribe, Bruno Costa, Otávio, Pepê; Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: Wendell, Eustáquio, Galeno, Veron and Toni Martinez.

The first ‘Clássico’ of the season ended with a categoric Porto win, as the Portuguese champions beat Sporting 3-0 last night. Porto are now 5 points clear off Sporting in first place, which is an important advantage so early in the season. I have to admit though, the final score is very flattering, because Sporting were the better team for large portions of the game. Porto capitalised on Sporting’s mistakes and should have scored a fourth game (Veron’s goal should have stood), but these mostly resulted from poor defending rather than great attacking play.


FC Porto-AS Monaco: A First Look (Match report)

FC Porto 2-1 AS Monaco (Estádio do Dragão), 23 July 2022match report below

Line-up (4x3x3): Diogo Costa, João Mário, Pepe, Marcano, Zaidu; Uribe, Bruno Costa, Eustáquio; Pepê, Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: Rodrigo Conceição, Fábio Cardoso, David Carmo, Wendell, Grujic, Otávio, Galeno, Veron, Danny Loader, Toni Martinez.

Finally, the start of the season is upon us! It has been a long wait to see the Portuguese champions back on the pitch. After several weeks of only reading about the results of the various friendly matches, we had our first glimpse of what the 2022 FC Porto may look like. Whilst this was only a friendly match, it was high intensity and Monaco proved to be a very good opponent. There are reasons to be optimistic, but also reasons to be concerned.