Rio Ave’s entourage includes 20 players, one smaller than those who went to Bosnia and Herzegovina last week.
There were five moves by coach Mário Silva in the squad for the challenge against Besiktas, the most important was the absence of Gelson Dala. The Angolan winger was considered unfit to play due to a right shoulder dislocation contracted in the game in Tondela. Striker André Pereira, for expressing physical complaints, and midfielder Rúben Gonçalves, as an alternative, also abandoned the registration of elected representatives. These exits were filled with attacking midfielder Diego Lopes and right-back Costinha.
Rio Ave will play its first match against a Turkish team.