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12/14/2017

Sérgio Conceição: “we’re doing everything to be in Jamor”

FC Porto’s coach was pleased with the match and the qualification to the quarter finals of the Portuguese Cup


FC Porto beat Vitória de Guimarães (4-0) at Estádio do Dragão, and qualified to the quarter finals of the Portuguese Cup. At the end of the Round of 16, Sérgio Conceição acknowledged that the blue and whites were better in the second-half and spoke of offensive aspects that cause many difficulties to the organization of the opponents. Reaching the final, he assured, is a clear objective for FC Porto.

Second-half better than the first
“We knew that, no matter what strategy Vitória de Guimarães used, they would be a competitive team, in the image of their coach. We started the match well and scored an early goal, but, in the first-half, we lacked speed and diversity in attack. The inside game, which is one of our strongest characteristics, didn’t work well, but, in the second-half, we improved and the second goal was important. From then on, FC Porto always had intensity and looked for more goals, so that we could calm down.”

Always thinking about the goal
“In the dynamic of the team and in our offensive process, midfielders are important, but wingers are as well, because we play with two forwards. We enjoy not having the forwards sticking to the defensive line and this allows us to play from the wings better, with a lot of presence in the area. I think we missed that in the first-half, even though we had the match controlled, with one goal and two shots on the posts. We faced a Vitória de Guimarães fighting for the match, giving a good response and well organized defensively. Anyway, against us, it’s difficult for teams to keep the same organization during the full 90 minutes, because we always look for the goal in various ways.”

Managing fatigue
“We are trying to manage the best way we can. Brahimi, for example, didn’t play because he has muscle fatigue, but Corona gave an excellent response. When I felt Marega was showing signs of being tired, I sent him to the front, with Soares on his back. There are several aspects for which the team is prepared and that make difficult our opponents’ life harder.”

Jamor is the goal
“The Portuguese Cup final is a special day, beautiful. It's the celebration of the Cup and it's remarkable. I was in Jamor before, as a player and as a coach, and this club and the history of the competition deserve FC Porto to be in Jamor in May. We will do everything to make this happen. Today, it was important to win against Vitória de Guimarães, to whom I wish all the best in the Championship.”

Fight for titles
“We work with confidence on what we do and it’s not worth previewing or thinking about the furthest future. Victories keep coming and this is good for the club and for us as a group. It's good to still be in all competitions, as it means that we have been working well, but we still haven’t achieved anything. We will keep fighting so that, in the end, we can add titles to all this. That's what we work for and so far things have been going well, but we haven’t achieved anything yet. There is a lot of ambition and determination in this group to win titles.”

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