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12/18/2017

Sérgio Conceição: “We were prepared to face this Marítimo”

Coach considered the victory fair over Marítimo (3-1), in matchday 15 of Liga NOS


After a 3-1 victory over Marítimo, for matchday 15 of Liga NOS, Sérgio Conceição assured that his FC Porto was well prepared to counter a very defensive team with a very low block as Marítimo brought this Monday to Estádio do Dragão. The coach talked of a “fair victory”, which could have ended with more expressive numbers. On the lead in the championship, which FC Porto guaranteed until the end of 2017, the coach once again reminded that this is the place he wants to be in at the end of the season and not at the end of the year.

Analysis to a fair victory
“We know what Marítimo is capable of on the defence. They played in a low block, with three defenders, but we were prepared for it: we kept switching the game until we found spaces in their defence. They managed to respond to our goal, but, after that, they kept wasting time, in order to break the intensity of our team. Then, in a fantastic move, we scored the second goal and went to the break in the lead, but on our toes. In the second-half, we went looking for the third goal. It could have happened earlier, we created situations for that, but it came only near the end.”

Victory in an “always complicated” match
“They tried to condition our offensive game as much as possible, but, as I said, we were prepared. And the second and third goals are good examples of that. It's always difficult to play against these teams, but, in the end, we managed to win an always complicated match.”

The option for Reyes
“Reyes gave the response that others have also given. We can’t forget the many quality matches Felipe played, but football is this really: the moment. What matters is to always have everyone available and not let anything interfere in the good mood we have in our squad.”

Numbers for the end of the season
“I want to end the season in the lead, not the year. Obviously, we want to be in the lead, as we have been from the beginning, but it's in May that we want to be there.”

League Cup is already being prepared
“It is important to continue this dynamic of victory, because in this club we want to win all competitions. We know we have to beat Rio Ave to stay in the League Cup and I can even say that we are currently preparing for this match in the best possible way.”

Efficiency and intelligence playing
“Scoring three goals is good. It’s always good to score one more than the opponent. We have had a lot of diversity in goal scorers which reveals the work we do throughout the week. But, for me, the important thing is the process and not who scores the goal. And today only a smart team could have won this match. We can’t forget that any team that gets a point against us sees it as positive.”

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