Jesualdo Ferreira will be looking for his 100th win as FC Porto coach when his team meets APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday in the Champions League.
The Porto coach has won three straight league titles since taking charge three years ago, but Porto’s European form has fallen far short of the success achieved by Jose Mourinho, who won the European Cup in 2004.
Porto is second in Group D with three points from two games after a loss at Chelsea and a home win over Atletico Madrid.
Argentine midfielders Diego Valeri (right ankle) and Fernando Belluschi (left knee) are in doubt for the game, but Romanian defender Ionut Sapunaru should be back from a thigh strain.
APOEL has just one point after holding Atletico to a 0-0 draw in a plucky performance. The Cypriot team also lost to Chelsea but won praise for its tight, disciplined teamwork.
“Porto will be more suspicious of us now,” APOEL midfielder Constantinos Charalambides said. “We have to show sufficient self-confidence, try to move the ball around, and the chances will present themselves.”
The Cypriot team includes three Portuguese players – Nuno Morais, Helio Pinto, and Paulo Jorge.
Jorge, who will miss the match with a muscle tear, said the club’s first trip to the Stadium of the Dragon was daunting.
“We know it’s going to be tough. A draw would be a good result for us,” Jorge said.
Injuries have forced APOEL coach Ivan Jovanovic to reshape his usual lineup.
Defender Savvas Poursaitides is still not match fit after a calf injury, and his usual replacement Altin Haxhi is doubtful after sustaining a calf injury during Albania’s 4-1 loss to Sweden over the weekend. Polish forward Adrian Sikora has a knee injury.