O Sporting is going through a big headache, mainly because of the situation in the goal. Antonio Adán’s absence continues for an indefinite period and Rúben Amorim has an urgent need to prepare Franco Israel for the final tests that lie ahead.
exclusively to Sports by the Minute, Beto Severo, former lions player, analyzed the situation in the green and white goal. Despite considering Adán’s absence a serious blow to the team, he believes that his immediate replacement must be trusted.
“In the last two years, Adán has been giving goal experience, security, tranquility, he has played good games. Now, let’s see what the future brings. Franco Israel must also be trusted to be able to show service. is an important loss for Sporting’s start to the championship? Undoubtedly. It is a hard blow to lose a player who has been pivotal in the last two years. Football is really that, these are things that happen. At this moment, there is another player who came to Portugal to show its value”, he began by saying.
Adán had a ligament injury in his right knee and the absence could be long© Getty Images
During the pre-season, Sporting conceded eight goals, four of them without Adán in goal. Beto does not look at the numbers with concern, admits that Rúben Amorim may have some uneasiness, but he takes away pre-season weight.
“I think all coaches have concerns. However, they are numbers from a pre-season where there is some rotation of the team, where experiences are perfectly natural, they don’t say everything. Pre-season is about gaining routines, giving experience to players with fewer minutes in their legs”, he added.
Immediately behind Antonio Adán is Franco Israel, who has just arrived in Alvalade. Beto admits he knows little about the Uruguayan’s characteristics, but believes that, from what he has seen, he may be ready to face Sp. Braga and FC Porto.
“I confess that I know little about Franco Israel. Now, to be at Sporting, you have to have quality and I believe he has it. Above all, he will have a great opportunity at this stage to show his value. if, sometimes, the happiness of others, he will have the happiness of being able to give his contribution to the team and do his best for Sporting. Ready to face Sp. Braga and FC Porto? I believe he is. a good goalkeeper, sure. Let’s see how he reacts outside the pre-season, already in competition”, he said.
Franco Israel joined Sporting this summer from Juventus© Getty Images
With Adán’s possibly prolonged absence, Sporting may have to return to the market, if only as a short-term option, according to Beto. Perhaps, the final decision can be taken after the next games.
“It will have a lot to do with the next games. I usually say that the squads are not closed, there are always possible and possible exits, the entry of new players. games should dictate whether there is a need to return to the market to strengthen the position”, he believes.
André Paulo and Diego Calai are the remaining options for Sporting’s goal © Getty Images
Everything that Adán has already represented at Sporting, combined with the weight of this absence, make the Spaniard, according to Beto, the ideal goalkeeper for Rúben Amorim’s team. The former player justified.
“I believe that Adán is the ideal goalkeeper for Sporting, because these two years were fantastic and he showed a lot of quality. He was a super calm goalkeeper, with a great personality, he ended up having two great seasons at Sporting. I believe he is a leading player at Sporting, he has been and I believe he will continue to be and he will recover quickly from this injury”, he concluded.
Sporting, certainly with Franco Israel in the role of Adán, will officially kick off the 2022/23 season against Sp. Braga, in Minho, this Sunday. The kick off whistle is scheduled for 18:00.
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