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Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:32

A steep learning curve awaits Guimarães

Guimaraes badge.jpgWill Rui Vitória be able to devise another successful season?

While the analysis of last Saturday's Portuguese Supercup has been detailed elsewhere, there are still a few things to ponder, particularly as far as Guimarães are concerned. The squad's youth may provide a few explanations, but the competition will be merciless as soon as they smell blood.
 
The club from northern Portugal are admittedly operating on a very tight budget and have therefore been forced to resort to free transfers and blooding youths from their own B team - possibly too soon. Even though one match is obviously too little to extrapolate, there are still some mistakes that do not bode well for Rui Vitória's men, particularly due to their repetition. After all, the purpose of pre-season resides (or should reside) in drilling precisely these sorts of behaviours.
 
In the video below, you can see how FC Porto got their first goal, barely five minutes into the match, following a simple throw-in. As Danilo threw the ball toward Jackson Martínez, his marker immediately followed the Colombian, forcing everyone to re-shuffle accordingly. Martínez's fake left Lucho in the clear - chased by the remaining centre-back - and it was up to the full-back from the opposite side to close up the middle. Starting off a yard or two behind, Licá proved just what he has to offer by easily sprinting past his marker and connecting with Lucho González's precious assist.
 
A typical match event five minutes into the first of the season and Guimarães found themselves 1v1 while the ball wasn't even in play.
 
 
 
For the second goal, the Guimarães defence once again found themselves at a loss, occupying barely reasonable defending positions. Worse still, not only did the right-winger Varela have all the time in the world to pick the target for his cross, the Guimarães defenders were again presented with a 1v1 situation. Jackson Martínez's aggressive move would do the rest.
 
 
 
While last season's successful cup run was just reward for a spirited second half to the season, Guimarães will need to offer much more than what was on display last Saturday (both defensively and offensively), at the risk of following up a successful season with a more troubled one.


by Vasco Mota Pereira
Comments (2)
Porto
2 Friday, 16 August 2013 14:51
andrew/ny
Porto looks extra scary this season, in fairness to Guimaraes. I see Porto having a strong Champions League and winning the Liga with ease.
Pathetic organization that doesn't deserve its fans
1 Friday, 16 August 2013 13:58
NJ/USA/SLB
Guimaraes drives me crazy. They are able to generate revenue that other league clubs can only dream of. It's just that they're so poorly run, that they can't get out of their own way.
Their fans have acted very poorly, attacking team officials and players during training, but they are a loyal bunch. Guimaraes attendance has been impressive by Portuguese standards, finishing 5th and miles ahead of 6th Academica. There's no reason why this club shouldn't be more competitive.
Frankly I don't blame the players. This one has clearly proven to be managements fault.

By the way, they shouldn't have be allowed to have a B Squad in the first place. They owed players wages before the last campaign, yet were allowed to pay to enter the Segunda Liga and have a B Squad.
Now they are going to be depending on those same B Squad players that were relegated from the 2nd Liga?
I'm sure someone's coffers have been filling up at a rapid rate, while the club suffers.

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