The 2003-04 Champions League winners arrive at the Lane having performed creditably in the Amsterdam tournament last weekend.
It's our last pre-season friendly before travelling to Portsmouth on day one of the Barclays Premiership on Saturday week, August 13.
The Porto team that won Europe’s top club honour has since broken up but they still bring a wealth of talent including Portuguese internationals Ricardo Quaresma, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Costa, Nuno Valente, former Spur Helder Postiga and South African hitman Benny McCarthy.
It’s been a cosmopolitan pre-season for the lads and having played the likes of Argentine giants Boca Juniors, South African outfit Sundowns, Real Sociedad of Spain and French champions Lyon in pre-season, we conclude our friendly schedule against the Portuguese side.
“In recent seasons Porto have won the Champions League, the Portuguese championship, the UEFA Cup so of course they are a very good team,” said Head Coach Martin.
“I watched them in the Amsterdam tournament and they looked the better team in the first half against Arsenal and very sharp against Boca Juniors.
“This is a very good match for us. Porto will be a big test. They are a top club and always want the best so if we win, it will be good for the confidence going into the start of the Premiership.”
Meanwhile, Martin is looking forward to returning to the Lane. Our home form was outstanding after he took the reins as Head Coach last November with 10 wins, five draws and just one defeat (against Chelsea) from our last 16 home fixtures.
“Our supporters were unbelievable last season,” added Martin. “They will expect a lot and hopefully they’ll give us a bit of time. I’m very optimistic.”
Martin Jol sees Saturday’s friendly against FC Porto as the ideal final preparation for the start of the Premiership campaign.