FC Porto B is preparing the match against the Under-23 English team Sunderland for final of the Premier League International Cup with optimism. António Folha, coach of the blue and whites, says so, admitting the team is a little anxious to play the decisive match of an international competition.
At the preview for next Wednesday’s match, at Stadium of Light, the coach assured that he has a team “well prepared to play well and win”, against an opponent who “will certainly create many difficulties” and whose strongest weapon is the attack. Controlling the match, with due caution, and imposing the usual philosophy, is Folha's secret to bring the title to Porto.
Optimism in game preparation
“We look at this match with optimism. It's natural to be a little anxious because it's a final, but when it's time, all that is overcome and they'll be prepared to do their best.”
With eyes on victory
“We approach this competition as any FC Porto team would do. No matter what competition this club plays for, the goal is to win and that's the spirit we have. Obviously, we know we will have difficulties, as we face a very dangerous team, which also made a good path to get to the final. But we are prepared to play well and win.”
Dominate the match, with caution
“We always have to be cautious, but always setting what we have in mind and our idea of game. If we are able to play our game, there’s little room for others to do what they know.”
“It's a team with very competent players, especially in the front. They are fast and skilled and, if they can impose their game, they can make any opponent’s life hard.”