In the first pre-season test against Monaco, the Portimonense presented a mix of new faces, young and several that carry over from last season. The result (0-2) was not the best and was far from reflecting the good image of the Algarve, who were in good shape against an opponent with other arguments.
O zero zero took the opportunity to analyze some of the novelties in this first image of the alvinegros.
- Bruno Reis – good signs
It was bet on the eleven as the most offensive of a midfield for two and was not afraid to reach advanced positions to try to make a difference. On a couple of occasions he had the opportunity to shoot on goal and on both occasions he forced careful saves. Strong in the pressure, it narrowly missed giving rise to an error in the Monegasque area.
Like his midfield colleague, he had the opportunity to start in the starting lineup, but with more defensive roles. He had a more discreet display, but still competent and with no errors to notice. He showed quality in the long pass with some flank variations.
- Filipe Relvas – No mistakes
He enters this criterion by age, but he is not completely unknown. At the age of 22, the defender played 28 games for Portimonense’s first team last season, a testament to his worth. Holder and with the task of stopping a Champions League level attack, but without showing any problems to avoid danger. The goal conceded has shared blame, with more merit for Ben Yedder than the demerit of the central defenders.
- Kim Yong-hak – Impaired by rhythm
It is one of the bets of this Portimonense after convincing in the second half of last season, at the service of the Sub-23. Everything indicates that Paulo Sérgio will bet for this season, but he had to be “unlucky” to be released at halftime in this first pre-season test, when the rhythm was already far from the first half. Still, he showed technical quality and in the transport of the ball.
- Rui Gomes – to add
A reinforcement in the good sense of the word. The left-hander was released on the right side of the attack to be invited to look for the interior space. He several times he managed to do so, some of them with danger. He excelled in dead balls with quality in the cross and was always attentive to force the opponent’s error. He may have space this season.
It was not the best debut for the reinforcement that arrived from Leixões. Nervous from the start, not at ease with the ball at his feet and without great judgment when crossing. He had Moufi as a mirror, who is much more in tune with the team, and that didn’t help either. He ended up being linked to the goal conceded by letting Gelson Martins escape in the back and, later, not being able to prevent the ball from reaching Ben Yedder. He has quality, as he demonstrated in the Sea, but he will need to convince.
He wasn’t the most outstanding reinforcement, even because he came from União de Santarém, but he deserved the trust of Paulo Sérgio, on top of that the starter, and corresponded as much as possible. Powerful, he held the ball well and gained time in the attack that his teammates took advantage of to explore. He had several finishing opportunities, but the opponent’s defensive level made the task difficult. To keep an eye on.
- Gonçalo Costa – Improved
The ex-Sporting B came in for Seck and doing better wasn’t too difficult. It wasn’t a brilliant performance, not least because the second half didn’t have moments of brilliance, but the winger proved that he can defend his position in defense and even had some attempts to get involved in the attack.
- Vinícius Guarapuava – Need more opportunities
He couldn’t show everything he could due to the aforementioned pace. The second half had more games played in midfield and almost always away from the goals, which made the central defenders have little work. Safe in the chapter of the pass, without making a mistake.
- Zie Outara – Little participatory
Also discreet display, for the same reasons. He arrived to fight for the place with Moufi, who is an undisputed member of the team. He didn’t make any obvious mistakes, but he didn’t take any chances either. He appeared a few times in the attack.