This week on Long Ball Futebol, Barney and Albert recap the final week of the Champions League and Europa League group stages. Benfica join Sporting in the Champions League knockouts, while Porto drop into the Europa League with Braga. We discuss all that plus our reaction to the draw for the next round!

Plus, there’s wins for the big 3 in the Primeira Liga, Marcus Edwards shows how he might be about to have the best season of his career for Vitoria, and Santa Clara go from one disaster to another, but can they turn it around? 

 

To listen to the podcast click on the play button below.

 

You can contact the show on twitter @LongBallFutebol.

 

Related: Champions League re-draw - Benfica-Ajax; Sporting-Manchester City

Related: PortuGOAL Figure of the Week: Darwin Núñez treble helps Benfica bounce back

Related: Porto and Sporting continue to set the pace as Benfica return to winning ways

 

Comments (3)

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

I always enjoy your podcasts, but I have to admit, I think your take on Porto in the CL is massively tainted by your exposure to the trash that is English media.

Anyone looking at that group with some real perspective and not listening to what...

I always enjoy your podcasts, but I have to admit, I think your take on Porto in the CL is massively tainted by your exposure to the trash that is English media.

Anyone looking at that group with some real perspective and not listening to what 'pundits' on Sky or ESPN have to say, would favour Porto to get 2nd or 3rd spot in that table, not be the far worst off team as you asserted.

The simple fact is Porto has 2 Champions League titles where Atletico has none. They went as far as Liverpool in the Champions League last season, losing (but playing better than) the eventual Champions.

Porto is miles better than AC Milan, even on paper. And Atletico is a joke but with some big names. So, I'm sorry, but I think you got it massively wrong on that one, especially considering Porto is 5th all time in Champions League appearances behind Bayern, Benfica (oh my god, another Portuguese team? Wow!), Ajax and Dynamo Kiev in most ever Champions League appearances.

And based on an objective view, I can easily say, Porto underperformed and also got ripped off. We were robbed of a victory by corrupt officials in the first Atletico game, and Conceicao and the team played like garbage in the last 3 CL games.

It was Porto's 2nd place spot to lose and sadly, they did it to themselves. Please keep making great content but also stop falling into that cliche viewpoint that Portuguese teams don't stack up to any others in the Champions League, it's simply not true.

Aside from the too English teams, I'd take any of the big 3's chances against any of the best German, Spanish or Italian teams.

Read More
Chris
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Hi mate, thanks for listening! Glad you've enjoyed it so far.

We're of course aware of the prestigious history Portuguese clubs have in Europe! Would never want to play that down, hope it didn't come across like that! It's fair to say though...

Hi mate, thanks for listening! Glad you've enjoyed it so far.

We're of course aware of the prestigious history Portuguese clubs have in Europe! Would never want to play that down, hope it didn't come across like that! It's fair to say though history doesn't effect how a team performs in the present day. Milan finished 2nd in Serie A last year (ahead of Juventus) and are currently 2nd only 1 point off first, so really shouldn't be underestimated. I don't know much about Atletico, so you're right I may well have overrated them - I still think of them as a team challenging for the La Liga title, but my view is probably outdated.

I think my point was just to suggest that on paper, when you look at the squads those clubs have now, Porto weren't a top 2 team in that group, but the way they played they were definitely one of the two best teams and deserved to go through! I agree they had some dodgy decisions from refs, but also missed some big chances so a lot you could blame, sadly not the same UCL campaign as last year which was so impressive, and thoroughly deserved.

Cheers!
Albert

Read More
Albert
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

I appreciate that you took the time to reply. No need for explanations, you guys run a really good podcast and your knowledge of the Liga and the teams is unquestionable.

I look forward to the next one. And if you ever need some thoughts or...

I appreciate that you took the time to reply. No need for explanations, you guys run a really good podcast and your knowledge of the Liga and the teams is unquestionable.

I look forward to the next one. And if you ever need some thoughts or feedback from some Canadian Liga BWIN fans, Val and I would be most humble and (mostly) polite guests.

Cheers fellas.

Read More
Chris
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

      

“I hadn’t wanted to play Nani, as he hasn’t trained for a month, but he’s a champion and showed his quality with just a couple of moves. I trust that he can become an example for our younger players.”

Paolo Zanetti
(Venezia coach delighted with Nani after the Portuguese forward provides the assist for an equaliser as a late substitute on his debut) 

Partners