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12/10/2017

Sérgio Conceição: “Today we had fun with the ball”

FC Porto coach praised the “great work” of the team in the victory over Vitória (5-0), in Setúbal


FC Porto beat Vitória de Setúbal (5-0) at Estádio do Bonfim, this Sunday, and is back in the lead of Liga NOS, with the same 36 points as Sporting. At the end of matchday 14, Sérgio Conceição praised the “well-deserved and convincing” victory for the Dragons.

Clean sheet
“It was an important response for us, as we don’t play for anyone, we play according to our demands and our work. We are aware that we are a quality group and we knew we had to do our job. We deserved to win the match and had a convincing performance. Congratulations to the players, who did a great job on a pitch where it's always difficult to play in.”

Focus on the team
“These matches after the UEFA Champions League are always difficult. There was no uneasiness or extra pressure because our rivals played before us and won. There is a path set and we are focused on our goal, with a great concern in preparing the matches to win. We won three fantastic points. In the first ten minutes, Vitória de Setúbal tried to surprise us, but from there on we picked up our game. I want to leave a word to Vitória de Setúbal, who deserves my affection. I wish them all the best.”

Aboubakar and Marega
“What I want is for them to do what they've been doing: goals. But these are the culmination of team work that was very good today. Today we had fun with the ball and we had a very interesting possession, with a lot of quality. This makes it difficult for opponents to counteract our game. We did very well in that regard and the goals came naturally, but they are only part of the work of the strikers. Since everyone is altruistic, everything gets easier.”

Reyes from the start, Felipe on the bench
“I thought it was time for Reyes to play. Felipe is a very important player, as are all others, but there also needs to be some management. The most used players are the two central defenders. In addition, it also had to do with our preparation for this match. I have a squad that gives me good headaches.”

Many fans in Setúbal
“I was very pleased with the presence of so many FC Porto supporters, under harsh weather and a trip of over 300 kilometres. It’s this proximity that exists between the fans and the team. This atmosphere is fantastic. We are all in the same boat in this blue sea and everyone wants to go in the same direction. We have to continue like this.”

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