Sérgio Conceição praised the team's “solid performance” that ended in a 3-1 victory in the Algarve
Four convincing victories, 14 goals scored and only one conceded: this is FC Porto in the last four matches. After beating Estoril (4-0), SC Braga (2-0), and Moreirense (5-0), the Dragons went to the south of the country to beat Farense (3-1) and put pressure on the rivals from Lisbon who will only play this Monday. In Sérgio Conceição's eyes "the game didn’t have much to tell" and "the result could even be a little bigger". “It is true that we owe ourselves some points, because there were situations when we could have done things differently, but there is nothing to be sorry about. We have to look forward and forward is already the next game”, the blue and white coach mentioned.
“It's part of it, the teams have quality and we don't play alone. We play against opponents and Farense has been having an interesting championship; they are a difficult and pragmatic team that plays in a simple way that is difficult to counter. We had to be prepared for it and be consistent. They created one or two situations, as all teams do, but the game didn’t have much to tell and we put on another solid performance, with quality, pausing and speeding up the pace when we should and finding the way to the goal. The result could have been a little bigger, but that wouldn't be fair to Farense's good game.”
“Today we saw a player have an excellent game, but, in one play, maybe because he came from a different league and is 22 years old… he knows he has to get the ball out of there when he is under pressure, but he didn’t and committed a penalty. These is the type of growing players need to go through during the adaptation time, to understand European football, where the game is faster than in South America. No one questions Varela’s quality, who scored an excellent goal and gave a lot to the game. It is true that we owe ourselves some points, because there were situations when we could have done things differently, but there is nothing to be sorry about. We have to look forward and forward is the next game.”
Evanilson's goal-scoring momentum
“He’s making up for the time he was injured. He was hurt, he couldn't contribute to the team and is compensating for that now. It's obvious that all forwards like to score goals, Evanilson is no exception, but I look at other things and at how we get there. For him to score, there is interesting teamwork that allows him to finish successfully. The most important thing is the team, the offensive, defensive process and the tactics. The second goal comes from the work of the coaching team, from Vítor Bruno and Dembélé in their analysis and observation of the weaknesses of the opponents. I represent a very competent coaching team that works very hard to win games. Sometimes it's not possible, unfortunately, but we are aware that we are on the right path and that we are evolving as a team because individually the players are growing, and that is very important.”
“If I can count on everyone, I'm happy. I plan the work week according to everyone’s daily dedication. The strategy defined according to the opponent will determine the team, because no one bought a seat to play. Everyone has to work to earn a place in the team and the competitiveness is also good on the bench. They know I won't give that up. Playing a good game is no guarantee that they will play in the next one.”
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