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BALL – André Villas-Boas: Sergio Conceição’s ‘revolt cry’, Roger Schmidt’s ‘pressure’ and Ruben Amorim’s difficult moment (Football)

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BALL - André Villas-Boas: Sergio Conceição's 'revolt cry', Roger Schmidt's 'pressure' and Ruben Amorim's difficult moment (Football)

Without a club since he left the Marseille team, in February 2021 André Villas-Boas was interviewed by Renascença on the sidelines of the Lisbon web summit, talking about a moment in Portuguese football, namely FC Porto, ” Benfica and FC Porto.

The first “your” FC Porto. André Villas-Boas commented on Sergio Conceição’s most recent statements as reaching the last 16 of the Champions League is guaranteed as he is in Group B for the first time. bag” [ver notícia associada].

“After this start, there was a lot of speculation in the media about how many teams statistically managed to reach the 1/8 finals while in this position. And since Porto took first place, Sergio Conceição wanted to express his feelings. I think he wanted to protest,” commented Villas-Boas, who was “positive about the first third of the season at Porto” despite admitting that he is “a little farther” in the league. from Benfica, who have achieved excellent results.”

As for Benfica, “the merit of Roger Schmidt is obvious,” said the Portuguese coach. “The stages of adaptation to Portuguese football were short, he created his team with the structure of Benfica, with some investment, but I think it is well adapted to his playing model. Now he is reaping the rewards of his good work,” he justified, demonstrating his expectations for the German coach’s ability in the future, given the league lead advantage.

“FC Porto will try to close the distance, and of course Roger Schmidt always looks at these distances not as a comfort zone, but always as a pressure zone. Let’s see if you can keep up. I hope not, because I’m a Porto player and I want Porto to become national champions.”

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André Villas-Boas also spoke about Ruben Amorim, believing that “all coaches go through difficult times.” “This is a natural process of our growth as coaches, overcoming difficulties. This is the moment when Ruben Amorim crosses. I am sure that the experience he is having at this stage will become a tool he will one day use to respond in other ways if he encounters the same difficulty. This is a difficult stage for him, I think he will know better how to find a way with his team and with his players to improve the results,” he said.

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″The six of FC Porto do not concede at the World Cup, like our injured players″

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″The six of FC Porto do not concede at the World Cup, like our injured players″

Statements by coach Ricardo Sousa after the League Cup match against Porto Mafra (2:2)

About the game: “As I said before the game, we did not come here to put the bus in front of the goal and expect miracles. We tried to be a team with principles. We have them only because my team has the quality so that we have them. We tried to share the game with Porto on an equal footing. We managed to go into the break with a two-goal lead, a comfortable lead.”

The second part: “Unfortunately Porto managed to get 2-1 in the first three minutes and we knew we were going to suffer a bit from now on. Porto have a lot of solutions and a lot of quality. They created a lot of difficulties for us.”

Draw: “They managed to make it 2-2 and we defended as best we could. As a result, I remove the attitude towards this game, it praises what they showed and what they wanted. There are boys here who deserve a lot, and today they showed that they have the quality for so much more.”

surprise: “In the end, we were surprised, and a sign of this was the score 0-2 at half-time. There were two of them, and we had one more situation to score. In the first half, Porto only seemed to get one shot on goal. “We had a good first half, but we played at home against the national champions. We are a second league team and I think Porto have six players in the World Cup. We have six injuries. Maybe the six we have.” Porto “is not as necessary at the World Cup as those that we have injuries.”

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″Ricardo Souza did not keep the surname. Neither father nor son

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″Ricardo Souza did not keep the surname.  Neither father nor son

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Statements by Sergio Conceição, coach of FC Porto, after a 2-2 draw with Mafra in the first round of the League Cup group stage.

Criticism of Ricardo Souza, Mafra’s coach, and arbitration: “This is Portuguese football. I get sent off in Mafra for knocking the ball out of bounds. Today, the opponent’s coach did not honor his last name. He did not honor father and son. He ran into Wendell and nothing happened. The loss of time is constant, from the very beginning of the game. Only give the yellow card to the goalkeeper in the second half. I prefer not to give the yellow card … But that’s not why we lost. We can’t give the opponent 45 minutes. The referee must give 12, 14, 16 minutes. We had the conditions to change the result, but this did not happen.

Game analysis: “I told the players that we can’t give the opponent 45 minutes. We lacked aggression, aggression with the ball. We were not very aggressive. two goals. In the second half, you don’t know, I don’t know if Mafra ever reached our goal. We scored two goals and could have scored more. In the second half we were the same team as always. By applying pressure, they scored two goals. We have drawn, we need to fix two games. Playing at home, we get the support of the public. I take this opportunity to thank the fans who came here at this inhospitable time.”

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What did he take away from the game? “I take some positive situations. Others are the same or even more negative. Some players lacked the competitive pace. But that doesn’t excuse them, they have to be ready to play. Be perfect. We must have other characteristics for the game. .

On Ricardo Sousa’s statements in the flash interview: “We can come here ‘bitaitar’ and say a reality that doesn’t exist, trying to convey an image of something that didn’t exist.”

World Cup players and injuries: “We can imagine all possible and imaginary contexts. We have no reason to do what we have done. We depend on ourselves. We didn’t do much today, especially in the first half. .”

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Roger Schmidt: “At the moment Lucas Verissimo cannot be the same player” – Benfica

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Roger Schmidt: "At the moment Lucas Verissimo cannot be the same player" - Benfica



Benfica manager says Brazilian not fit to play Penafiel in Alliance Cup

This Friday, Roger Schmidt announced the game of the second round of the Allianz Cup against Penafiel (tomorrow, at 20:45, Luz) and spoke about the situation with Lucas Verissimo. “Now he is not the same player, this cannot be, because he was injured a year ago, he was in great shape, he was going to the Brazilian national team. Now he is in shape, working well on recovery. , when he played for the B team, he showed that he is a reciprocal who has no complaints. But to get back in shape, you need to play. He was sick last week, didn’t play, won’t play tomorrow, but after that we hope he gets back in shape, he’s a great player,” he said.

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Asked if the players who stayed at Benfica during this league stoppage could steal a place in the eleven, the coach replied: “We have good players, but unfortunately they can only play in the eleven at the same time. At the World Cup, and now others have the opportunity to play minutes. Players need minutes to make big progress and it is important to play, especially for those who are injured. Morato, Lucas Verissimo have been away for some time and must return to form. They need competition. Unfortunately Lucas fell ill last week and will be gone tomorrow, but I hope he will be back by Christmas and get a few minutes. We have players who are doing well and it’s good that there is competition for the starting eleven.”

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