Vitoria Guimaraes vs Steaua Bucharest for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at D. Afonso Henriques Stadium.
The Vitória Guimaraes team enters this match of the 2nd leg of this final round before the official Europa League group stage, bringing a result that, while not being brilliant, is still better than a defeat and the team missed a goal on their opponent’s ground to bring greater security.
The team even came forward with some initiative at the offensive moment but hardly bothered, not having made a single shot on goal against the Romanians in the previous game.
Steaua Bucharest knows that, although it does not bring a result particularly fantastic from the match of the first leg of this round, yet it turns out to be positive.
The team did not concede goals in their stronghold, knowing that if they can score a goal here, they take a giant step to seal qualification for the Europa League group stage as would force Vitoria de Guimaraes to score two goals and win this match.
After what was the match last week at their opponent’s ground in the city of Bucharest in Romania but especially taking what was the following hours after this match of the 1st leg, namely referring to what the Romanian club president said, disregarding in a very civic and polite manner their opponent.
I think coach Ivo Vieira may well use this context to motivate his players for this match, and maybe rise that motivational levels given the words with very little compliments to Vitória and his players.
In this way, I believe that the host team can, even with greater difficulty than the odds show, seal a triumph, thus returning to the European races after a few years of absence.