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Sport Sporting star makes Aberdeen 'mistakes' vow as coronavirus-hit Portuguese giants gear up for Europa League showdown

00:05  24 september  2020
00:05  24 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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COVID-hit Sporting might be ring-rusty but confident Luis Neto still believes they will still be too strong for Aberdeen.

The Portuguese international knows the Dons have the advantage of games but he believes they can force Derek McInnes’ side to make mistakes and then punish them in tonight’s Europa League clash.

Around 10 Sporting players and staff, including head coach Ruben Amorim, will miss the game because of the recent coronavirus outbreak that has destroyed their preparations and left them still to kick a competitive ball this season.

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Neto said: "Aberdeen are an opponent who already has eight official games.

"In quality we are the best team, but we have to match the commitment, the focus, the work and, in moments, the intensity.

“We know that Aberdeen is a team that has a style of its own, with different players on its attacking front.

“It is a compact team with a good spirit.

“In the last seven games they have only lost one.

"We know what they are capable of and the good things they have, but we also have a lot of strengths that will compel them to make mistakes "

The 32-year-old has insisted that Sporting have responded well to their COVID disappointments and are now ready to floor Aberdeen on the pitch.

a group of football players on a field © Getty Images

“The mentality level is 100 per cent,” the former Zenit star claimed.

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“The club responded very well to a situation that could happen to anyone.

“We wish it hadn't happened, but the message it passed was to respect the protocols and whoever was unhappy to deal with them.

“With the bubble we had the possibility to block the transmission because we did not want to take risks for the Europa League.

“It was not a normal week, but the group came together and we are ready to go to the game and demonstrate that everything was worth it "

Coach Emanuel Ferro admitted boss Amorim has still plotted Aberdeen’s downfall, despite being in isolation.

Ruben Amorim walking on the court © NurPhoto/PA Images

Ferro explained:"The new technologies make it possible to minimise the impact of this.

"Rúben was always present in the preparation for this game. We tried to prepare the team in the best way possible"

"We expect an opponent who can present himself in several ways.

“Playing in our stadium, we want to take on the game and impose our idea."

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