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7/23/2017

Sérgio Conceição: Players “have been amazing”

Coach regretted the red card that prevented the team from dominating for 90 minutes, but praised the performance


The squad is “assimilating in the best way” what Sérgio Conceição wants for the team and the away victory against Vitória de Guimarães (2-0), this Sunday was another sign of the “fantastic response” to the ideas of the coach, who spares no praise for the players. The coach only regretted the red card shown to André André, as it prevented FC Porto from taking control of the match during the 90 minutes, as intended. Here’s what Sérgio Conceição had to say to Sport TV and Porto Canal after the Trophy Cidade de Guimarães.

Match analysis
“I think it was an interesting match, facing an always competitive Vitória, that made a fantastic season last year and they will have a good season this year as well, at least that’s what I hope for. We did our job, and I believe the team is assimilating in the best way what I want from them, in terms of dynamics with and without a ball. The first part was very interesting, but, in the second, with the red card, the team and the strategy broke. We will always assume the responsibility of the matches we play, with high pressure, and the expulsion denied us the possibility of doing that for the whole match.”

Playing one man down
“It’s important to read every moment of the match. We won’t always control the match, but the important thing is to know when we should not do it and how. I don’t agree with the idea that you can’t make high pressure and condition your opponent for 90 minutes, of course you can.”

Compliments to the squad
"The group has been giving a fantastic response in terms of preparation and it hasn’t been easy for them, as these are different principles, a different methodology and way of working. Not that the previous one was not good, but this is my way of being. They have been fabulous in understanding the message and I say referring to everyone, as even those that didn’t participate in the match have giving an excellent response. We’re just in the beginning, the preparation matches are meant to help us get stronger for August 9, when we face Estoril, so we can be in a very high level and then return to the titles.”

The market and Danilo “undisputable”
Right now, I have 27 indisputable. Danilo is here and we are very happy for that. I'm in tune with the board, we know what we want. Danilo is with us, and I always said that the most important thing is to keep the base that worked well, last year. We cannot erase the memory that FC Porto had a good championship.”

The red card
“It was a shame, but, in friendly matches, even if he was right, I think the referee should have been more cautious not to ruin a training, which is always important at the beginning of the season.”

Features to improve
“They have already realized how I want the team to play, with and without the ball. Of course there are things to improve, like the different movements in the last third of the match. We will often find teams playing in a low block and the diversity of moves will be very important. We had three weeks of work so far and, for what I am trying to make the team understand, it has been very positive.”

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