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FC Porto lost to Rangers (2-0), in Glasgow, for matchday four of Group G of Europa League

This Thursday, FC Porto lost to Rangers (2-0), at Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, Scotland, for matchday four of Group G of Europa League. At the end of the match, Sérgio Conceição was unpleased with the result and with the lack of efficiency shown by his team. After four matches, FC Porto remains with four points, three behind Young Boys and Rangers.

The match
“In the first-half, we had some situations where we could have scored. I believe that the first-half was balanced, without that many occasions for either side. We felt comfortable in the second-half. Then Pepe was injured, and that broke our defence and what we had planned for the match. Still, we had some situations in their area where we should have shot for goal, instead of holding the ball. There was a situation that seemed to have a hand on the ball, for a penalty, and we conceded in the next play. That made the team nervous and then the second goal came. There wasn’t much to do.”

The numbers for the group
“We have four points, the opponents have seven. We have to win the next two matches. We depend only of ourselves and now we have to prepare for the next match in Europa League well, when it comes, because now we need to think of Boavista, which won’t be easy either.”

Strategy
“After the defeat, the only thing I can say is that the strategy wasn’t good. In terms of football, I wanted safety in the centre, to break their dynamics in the wings, and find our spaces where I thought we could find.”

FC Porto in Group G
“Of course we’re not where we wanted.”

Differences in the squad
“Since the beginning of the season, there were many changes in the squad, and these European competitions are never easy for the new players. We had great performances in the Champions League and now we are not showing the same quality, that’s a fact, but we are working on that. We haven’t been consistent in Europe, but we will address that in due time.”

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