"We are aware that it could be a historic evening. So, we want to make that happen," Ten Hag noted about the possibility of winning the sixth and final group stage match. "It's something fantastic to achieve, but it doesn’t mean you won anything yet. Still, we are ambitious, so we’re going for every record we can.”
Ten Hag knows the Portuguese opponents well. He is not blinded by his side’s commanding victory in Lisbon earlier in the group stage. "They’re a very strong team. They were unbeaten in winning their league last year. They easily beat Benfica this past weekend. The 1-5 win flattered us a bit and we will have to have another very good day on Tuesday to win."
Trainer Rúben Amorim has built a real team, one capable of playing excellent football.. "Sporting plays good, attacking football and does so efficiently. I have a good understanding the team and we have a half-Portuguese member in the staff, Van der Gaag, who has knowledge about all their players."