Sérgio Conceição was pleased with in the tenth victory over Portimonense as the FC Porto coach
Sérgio Conceição reached his tenth victory over Portimonense as the coach of FC Porto (3-0). At the end of the match, the coach admitted that “the result doesn’t show the difficulty of the match”, but stressed that “it was a good, consistent match” from FC Porto, and, therefore, “the result was fair”. When asked about Vitinha, who scored his first goal for the main team, the coach explained that, based on the midfield used by Portimonense, “Vitinha could be an important player, as he is an important element for our ball passing, and we needed people who had that good dynamic with the ball”. The coach was clear in saying that the victory in Portimão was the “most important thing”, then pointing at Tuesday’s match against Atlético de Madrid: “It is an important match, where we have to continue our history and respect what has been FC Porto’s performance in the Champions League”.
Analysis to the deserved victory in Portimão
“The result doesn’t show the difficulty of the match. We deserved to win, but it was difficult, against a team that has players who make it difficult when they apply pressure and play in a more direct way, as they have the ability to win the first ball and show up behind us. During the match, we started growing, creating situations in the last third, creating more situations than what we scored, but I’m very happy with the performance of the team, of all the players, those who started the match and those who went in. It was a good, consistent match for us, and we could have scored one or two more goals. The result was fair, it was a good match from our team.”
The characteristics that made Vitinha the ideal man for this match
“The principles of the team are there and the players know what they are. Within that dynamic, there are players with different features, who offer different things to the match and I thought that Vitinha could be an important player, as he is an important element to our ball passing. With Portimonense playing in the midfield as I anticipated, we needed people who had that good relation with the ball, it’s not that the others don’t have it, but he has different features.”
The irony of what is said about the winning streak in the championship
“Channel 11 summed up that I’ve been screaming and shouting for 41 matches, that we scream and shout to win matches. For four years now, with the success we have been having in domestic and international competitions, it’s all thanks to screaming and shouting.”
Rest and turn focus to Atlético de Madrid
“Today the players will rest and, starting tomorrow, we will think of Atlético. It’s an important match, where we have to continue our history and respect what has been FC Porto’s performance in the Champions League. Starting now, the focus and concentration are on that match.”
The importance of the victory in Portimão on this matchday
“I wanted to win today, it was the most important result.”
Evanilson’s role in FC Porto’s attacking dynamics
“The dynamic we have up front has to do with the ability that Evanilson has, not playing with another forward next to him, but playing alone and we know he has that ability and quality. Without the ball, he offers many plays and adds to our game. Our forwards know what we want for the team. Any player, even from the defence, knows what we want up front, that’s the definition of a team, when everyone knows what we want at each moment. Right now, Evanilson is doing well, as are all the players. There is always something added when players go in and that’s very good, it’s a sign that they want to show themselves to the coach.”
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