After securing a hard-fought 1-Zero win over Arsenal, Manchester Metropolis’s focus switches to a brand new European journey.
Pep Guardiola’s males are hoping for a run to the latter phases of this season’s Champions League having misplaced to Lyon within the quarter-finals final trip.
And Metropolis are anticipated to securely negotiate their means out of Group C having completed prime of final 12 months’s group with a powerful 14 factors from six video games.
However earlier than they face Marseille and Olympiakos, Metropolis will open their marketing campaign at dwelling to Porto having final met the Portuguese champions in 2012.
On that event, Metropolis ran out 5-1 mixture winners to achieve the Europa League last-16, the place they misplaced to Porto’s rivals Sporting Lisbon.
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Eight years on, Metropolis are braced for a tricky task in opposition to a Porto aspect coming off the again of a busy interval within the switch market. As Wednesday’s encounter looms, M.E.N Sport has taken a better take a look at Porto’s current comings and goings.
The Brazilian striker was essentially the most high-profile arrival at Porto over the summer season, arriving from Fluminense on a five-year deal for round £9million.
Nonetheless, the 21-year-old has been made to attend for his debut attributable to damage. Having began his profession as a winger, Evanilson was primarily deployed as a striker at Fluminense, scoring eight targets throughout the 2020 season.
It stays to be seen whether or not or not Porto boss Sergio Conceicao palms him a debut in opposition to Metropolis, nonetheless, with Moussa Marega having began the season nicely with two targets in 4 video games.
Marega scored six instances in Porto’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals throughout the 2018/19 season.
An attacking left-back signed to switch Manchester United’s Alex Telles, not like Evanilson, Sanusi has received his Porto profession up and working.
Having been eased into the first-team following his arrival from Santa Clara, the 23-year-old Nigerian made his full debut within the 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon on October 17, notching an help for Mateus Uribe.
Sanusi is predicted to be a key risk on the counter assault for Porto on Wednesday.
Signed without cost following his departure from Boavista, the versatile 27-year-old has not been included in Porto’s Champions League squad.
The 28-year-old was drafted in as back-up for goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin after spending eight years at Tondela.
The Iranian striker joined on a four-year deal from Rio Ave after impressing throughout his first season in Portugal with 18 targets in 30 video games. He has appeared instead in all 4 of Porto’s league video games thus far this season.
One other attacking participant recruited on the again of an attention-grabbing marketing campaign in Portugal’s prime flight, Martinez scored 10 targets for Famalicao final season. He’s but to make a league begin for Porto.
The precise-back, who also can play additional ahead, joined Porto only some days after scoring in opposition to them for Maritimo. He made his debut as a late substitute in opposition to Sporting Lisbon.
Porto had been busy late within the window as they signed three Premier League gamers on mortgage, bringing in West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson, Liverpool’s Marko Grujic and Chelsea defender Malang Sarr to spherical off their enterprise.
Essentially the most vital departure, Silva joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in a £36million deal, with the 18-year-old ahead approaching as a late substitute in opposition to Metropolis in September.
As talked about earlier, Telles left to affix Manchester United on deadline day for £15.4million. Telles was an everyday supply of targets for Porto final season, scoring 13 instances in all competitions from left-back.
Regardless of scoring seven targets in 12 league outings, the Cape Verde worldwide left Porto after one season on the membership, becoming a member of Lokomotiv Moscow on a three-year deal.
The 29-year-old, who scored 23 targets for Porto throughout the 2018/19 season, left to affix Tianjin TEDA within the Chinese language Tremendous League in one other blow to Conceicao’s attacking line.
Danilo got here up in opposition to Manchester United on Tuesday evening after becoming a member of Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long mortgage.
Additionally leaving Porto had been Yordan Osorio, Jorge Fernandes, Vana Alves, Vincent Aboubakar, Andre Pereira and Diogo Queiros.
The membership additionally let a number of gamers depart on mortgage, together with Vitinha, who adopted Silva to Wolves.
Clearly it has been a summer season of a lot change at Estadio Do Dragao – will probably be attention-grabbing to see how they adapt as they journey to Metropolis on Wednesday.