Conceição “is not one to give sweets”, but also intends to “officialize” new national champions.
Closing the league with a win is FC Porto’s priority for the game against Estoril, but Saturday’s duel also seals the last chance to widen the roster of new national champions. As such, it is expected that at the start of the game, at least two players will join the roster. We’re talking about Cláudio Ramos and Rúben Semedo, who could feature in the Dragons’ starting XI, in what, if confirmed, will be the two’s first appearance in the 2021/22 Bwin League.
For the goalkeeper hired at Tondela in 2020, this will be his league debut for FCPorto. Indeed, the previous season he only played four times… for the B team. This year he made his absolute debut for the main team, in the League Cup, with Rio Ave . In a preview press conference, Sérgio Conceição also left a clue about Cláudio’s probable title, “reserving” the Argentinian for Jamor. “For the goal, Marchesín played in the Cup and, if they train well during the week, they have a great chance of playing in the final,” he explained when asked about the Argentinian’s possible return. in the eleven. Using Ramos at the start, Conceição won’t have to ‘burn’ two substitutions in goal.
Rúben Semedo, in turn, arrived from Olympiacos in January, on loan, and went through a period of improving physical cues, as well as identifying with the idea of a Porto game. The central picked up the pace for the “bés”, but, under the leadership of Conceição, he only played 45 minutes, during the first leg of the knockout stages of the Europa League, against Lyon. Now he will have the chance to become Portuguese champion for the first time, having previously represented Sporting, V. Setúbal and Rio Ave.
There are still two other elements of the team who hope to add a few minutes, although, most likely, as second-hand substitutes: the young goalkeeper Francisco Meixedo, yesterday starter in the B team, and Fernando Andrade . Conceição insisted on pointing out that she doesn’t “give anyone candy”, but she left the door open for the foursome. “It’s part of the strategy of the game. Fernando Andrade, Rúben, Cláudio Ramos and Meixedo are not champions yet, because they don’t have a single minute of use. So it’s not too difficult to see what will happen”, concluded the coach, between two smiles.