Portimonense SC – Match Report vs. SL Benfica 10/06/20

Ratings

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Portimonense faced league leaders Benfica and managed to come back from a 2-0 deficit through goals of Dener and Junior Tavares. In the first half, they played a 4-4-2 formation with Lucas Fernandes playing as a shadow striker. Benfica were very effective with their chances and scored two, one of them including a big mistake of Lucas Possignolo. In the second half, they subbed on two players and played in a 4-2-3-1 and they put more pressure on Benfica which worked. However, they needed a free kick and a long shot to score their goals and did not create any other chances.

Lucas Fernandes

  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Date of birth: 20-09-1997
  • Age: 22
  • Club: Portimonense
  • Career: São Paulo (Y), São Paulo, Portimonense (L), Portimonense
  • Position: attacking midfielder
  • Secondary position: right midfielder and left midfielder
  • Preferred foot: right

Lucas Fernandes played as a second striker in the first half, while playing a bit deeper as an attacking midfielder in the second half. When Portimonense were in possession on their own half, Lucas Fernandes often positioned himself against the backline of Benfica, while dropping slightly deeper as Portimonense progressed up the pitch. In these situations, he often moved between the lines and managed to get into possession in space. There were situations where he would receive a long pass while positioning himself against the backline of Benfica, but struggled because André Almeida, Ruben Dias and Jardel or Ferro were simply stronger in the duels.

Sometimes, Lucas Fernandes would attempt a dribble in these situations, but it would have been better if he held up play to eventually look for a passing option backwards as the midfield of Portimonense could progress higher up the pitch in these situations and support the attack, rather than attempting a dribble and eventually losing the ball. The Brazilian midfielder was sloppy in his passing at times and looked quite impatient on the ball at times.

However, he proved that he control the ball very well often, especially in the situation where he received the ball on knee-height and managed to control the ball very well and also turn the right way while being put under pressure. Lucas Fernandes showed that he has a good long pass. Also, he again liked to make runs in behind but was less effective in doing so as Benfica’s defence is significantly better than Gil Vicente’s defence.

Rating: A1

I think that he would be a good signing for 5th-8th placed teams in Liga NOS. Even though he played in the center of the pitch two times, I think that he could do a good job in a free role on the left wing as well as it would allow him to use his runs in behind, but also to come short and create chances from there.

Bruno Tabata

  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Date of birth: 30-03-1997
  • Age: 23
  • Club: Portimonense
  • Career: Atlético Mineiro (Y), Portimonense
  • Position: right winger
  • Secondary position: left winger and attacking midfielder
  • Preferred foot: left

Bruno Tabata played on the right wing in the first half, but needed to play as a left winger in the second half. On the right wing, he liked to carry the ball and threat his opponent to go on the outside, but eventually cutting inside every time. In these situations, he glided past Grimaldo but moved into a busy area to eventually lose possession. Despite sometimes switching play, he seemed reluctant to switch play whenever he cut inside as he did not do it on several occasions while he probably should have played that pass in these moments.

The Brazilian winger moved to the left wing in the second half and struggled to make a good impression there. On the left wing, he looked very limited in his play as he did not like to use his right foot. However, he still positioned himself in the halfspaces which constantly forced him to use his right foot. Tabata did manage to get an assist from the left as he got awarded a free kick, then took it himself and assisting Dener to score the 1-2.

Tabata had a very inconsistent first touch. Sometimes, he touched the ball down perfectly under pressure but he missed the easiest of touches at times which looked odd. This could be explained as he looked unfocused on a few occasions. In the final third, he sometimes made the wrong decision as he decided to shoot it himself instead of crossing it.

Rating: A2

Should be playing on the right and is capable of playing in Liga NOS. However, I do not think that he is ready to play for a top 6/7 team yet in Liga NOS and should move to a midtable Liga NOS team.

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