The bar was high. But it was so well within reach that the Lions came so close to breaking all records last season by the end of the first round of the championship. Looking at the numbers, taking a small balance from these first 17 rounds, it can almost be said that perfection was missing in the last… two games.
We haven’t lost anything, apart from that by the way, but the tough victory over Portimonense (3-2) and the recent defeat against Santa Clara (2-3) have marred an almost clean trajectory so far. Starting with points. The defeat in the Azores left Sporting one point less compared to last season. In addition, it is worth noting that the Lions doubled last year in one of the most comfortable positions ever, apart from their competitors, since, at the end of the first round, they topped the table by six points behind their direct rivals Porto, by nine points. Point behind SC Braga and … 11 from Benfica.
Completely different from the current scenario, where lions are in second place, in pursuit of dragons.
Most disturbing, in turn, were the goals that were scored in these matches with the Algarve and the Azores. Five in total, that’s how many suffered in the first rounds… 15 rounds. Leonen’s wall collapsed and Sporting also ended up reaching this point with another goal conceded in relation to the same period of 2020/2021.
Finally, in attack, despite the five goals in these last two games, Sporting has four fewer than last season. There is still a second round in which the Lions, in turn, want the same outcome: winning the title…
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