TALK­ING POINTS

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Ser­gio Con­ce­icao seems to have lost none of his in­fa­mous hot tem­per. A “friendly” against Chivas ended in chaos when Porto’s coach or­dered his team not to take part in the penalty shoot-out af­ter a heated ar­gu­ment with the ref­eree.

Ben­fica’s 37-year-old Julio Cesar and Porto’s Iker Casil­las, 36, were among the best keep­ers in the world at their peak. Time waits for no man, yet both have so far been ex­cel­lent in Por­tu­gal.

Af­ter more than a decade in the shadow of lo­cal ri­vals Braga, last sea­son saw Vi­to­ria Guimaraes, un­der their as­tute coach Pe­dro Martins, bet­ter their neigh­bours to fin­ish fourth. They now look to be best placed to chal­lenge the “Big Three”.

Ton­dela made an as­ton­ish­ing es­cape from rel­e­ga­tion in 2015-16, and pulled off an­other Hou­dini act last term, jump­ing out of the drop zone – where they had been all cam­paign – on the last day of the sea­son.

Chal­lenge... Vi­to­ria guimaraes

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