Sporting coach Paulo Bento has called on his side to put on a show in their final UEFA Champions League game of the season against Dynamo Kyiv.
There is nothing at stake in Lisbon given that Sporting are guaranteed third spot and Dynamo cannot climb off the bottom of Group F.
“This is a prestigious competition and we want to leave it with a win,” said the coach. “We want to collect as many points as we can and to score for the fifth match in a row [in the tournament] while also keeping our first clean sheet. We will do our best to improve a little bit the quality of our play. If we play better we will be closer to winning.”
Paulo Bento has recalled striker Liedson after he was dropped against Louletano following an disagreement with the coach, but Yannick Djalo, Pedro Silva and Derlei all miss out through injury. Sporting’s only win in the section so far came away to Dynamo on Matchday 2.
Meanwhile, Dynamo’s caretaker manager Oleh Luzhny is eager to finish on a high before making way for Yuri Semin in January.
“We will fight for a good result,” said Luzhny. “Even if we lose, we will try to give a good impression. I am in charge at the moment and I will do my best. Everyone knows things are not going well for Dynamo Kyiv, but a match in the Champions League is all about prestige and whatever our position in the group, we will try to make a good impression in our last game. No matter what lineup I select, the team will play to win.”