Well he had a failed stint with Rayo, and got Real Madrid Castilla to 6th place in the Segunda B, so nothing special there. He was European champion with the Spanish u-19 and u-21, which although not an amazing feat due to the overwhelming quality of the players, is still praise worthy. So he knows his way around young players, and our locker room is obviously spanish speaking so that shouldn't be a massive problem either. The problem with foreign managers in our league is that usually they have don't really know it. Here's hoping he learns fast though, and that all works out great. His agent is Jorge Mendes (who?what?impossible!), which might mean fresh cool signings, too. Time to prepare the next season. I'd be happy with just winning the title if we show signs of improvement and potential. The UCL can wait
All I can say is that I'm glad this is fucking over, darkest season I've ever witnessed. Truly devastating shit for any avid FC Porto fan...
The Lopetegui choice was interesting, I have a good feeling about him and considering his background he should be able to take advantage of this batch of talented young players our youth teams are providing. The likes of Ivo, Gonçalo, Rafa, Tozé and even Mikel are diamonds in the rough that need to be carefully polished while being gradually integrated into the first team. I believe he might just be the right man to pull it off.
We should take advantage of the WC to get rid of Defour and Varela, also I hope Carlos*son has a good tournament and gets us and himself a good deal in the next transfer window.
Fernando, Mangala, and a couple of others are good as gone too, so we'll have invest in new players. DM, a couple of CBs and wingers, a creative AM plus a striker...it's gonna be an eventful summer
I think Porto will need some major quality players and even if you get them, next season will be hard as hell.
I think its with this idea that Porto hired Lopetegui. A man who knows "nothing" about our league, seems good teaching young players, and is spanish. So in my opinion hes here to create a base layer within the team and get off in the next one.
If things turn out bad (elimination from the Champions League) he'll just disappear and no one will hear about him in Portugal. Thing that if it was a portuguese manager wouldt happen so soon.
Right, I'm gonna go ahead and assume you never saw him play and have no idea about his general ability.
And considering our recent past, having a player that can actually score a penalty certainly can't hurt
Be we shouldn't pay more than say, 3M for him.