The Lusitanians are currently leading the Primeira Liga with three points clear of Sporting Lisbon and seven points over their historical rivals Benfica.
In this winter market, however, the company has decided to anticipate some moves and give life to a sort of re-foundation. The lack of access to the Champions League round of 16 draw led the owners to deprive themselves of some important players such as Sergio Oliveira who went to Roma on loan with the right of redemption and Jesus Corona, who moved definitively to Monchi's Sevilla.
Both players formed the backbone of this team which with them also loses quality, imagination and many goals. As a couple, in fact, last season the two scored 23 goals and 18 assists overall.