The new PortuGOAL podcast focuses on Wednesday's huge Champions League quarter-final 1st leg between FC Porto and Bayern Munich. Can the Dragons cause an upset?

We also discuss where we are at in the Primeira Liga, speculate whether or not the title will be decided when Benfica host Porto in a couple of weeks, and run the rule over the job Marco Silva has done at Sporting.




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  • Guest - Chris

    Great podcast. Frankly I'm a bit tired of Portuguese teams being underrated, especially by the Portuguese but I suppose the Champions league's marketing machine needs to really stroke the Madrids, Barcelonas, Bayerns and Man U's of the world. I'm wondering if some people aren't actually tiring of seeing the same thing every year. I enjoy it when Basel, Ajax, Monaco and others make it into the knockouts. Some of these teams are actually exciting to watch, and I am growing tired of the tactical stalemates we have to watch at this stage of the CL.

    The Europa league is more enjoyable to watch as a football purist at this stage, in my opinion (although some may disagree). The stakes and the drama are higher in the CL, but the pure football is better in the EL. Did anyone see the Sevilla comeback against Valencia in the EL semi-finals last year? Unbelievable game.

    Pumped for tomorrow and cheering on the Dragons!

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  • Guest - Andre/UK

    Intersesting discussion fellas. Yeah Chris, unfortunately because European club football has become this money-orientated marketing circus, people will continue to underrate Portuguese clubs in Europe, all because of lack of finance. But even with our lack of financial muscle, our top 2 teams are both in the current top 10 of Uefa club ranking, which is very impressive.

    Regarding the match, I agree with many of the points made. When the draw was made Porto were the big underdogs and even in spite of Bayern's injury crisis, they still are. However, the fact that Bayern will have 5 first team regulars missing tonight, and possibly even the second leg too, gives Porto much more of a chance in this tie, at least in theory. A full strength Bayern would be favorites against any team in Europe at the moment, but losing players of the caliber of Ribery, Robben and Schweinsteiger would weaken any team. Porto have to take advantage of this.

    On the other hand, I also agree with what Vasco said. Due to the injuries Porto will be not be as much of the underdogs, and as stated Portuguese teams prefer to be underdogs. I also think if Bayern were at full strength they might have been overconfident and under-estimated Porto which would've been a mistake. I'm sure they won't now, and will have even more of that traditional German emphasis on team work and overcoming obstacles. Porto of course will be missing 2 of their most important players themselves, even if Jackson plays he is not going to be match fit. So all in all, Bayern are still the big favorites, but that doesn't mean Porto can't cause an upset. Winning the first leg tonight is vital, because it's hard to see Porto avoiding defeat in Munich next week (hard to see anyone avoiding defeat in Munich!). Let's see what happens!

    Lastly regarding Marco Silva and Sporting, I say again, the best thing Sporting could do is keep faith in him next season and beyond. That club badly needs stability and continuity and Silva is a very promising coach. The reality is Benfica and Porto both have stronger squads than Sporting at the moment, so to finish 3rd is not terrible for them. If they win the Taca and qualify for the CL, then that will have been a decent season, from which they can push on next season.

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