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″In my case, it won’t be like that, I have a godfather here…″



″In my case, it won't be like that, I have a godfather here...″

Statements by FC Porto coach Sergio Conceição at the press conference for the match against Visela scheduled for this Friday (20:30) regarding the last round of the League Cup group stage.

Vizela has changed since replacing Alvaro Pacheco with Tulipa in the technical team, FC Porto coach Sergio Conceição noted this Thursday ahead of Minho’s acceptance for the League Cup.

“What did you see in the first 53 minutes of the last game with Mafra? [empate 1-1], before the expulsion of the athlete from Wisela, there was one or another situation in terms of dynamics, especially defensive, slightly different from what Alvaro Pacheco did. Now Tulipa has been leading the team for a very short time, hence the difficulties. The context of this game is different, and we cannot control it, ”the coach warned at a press conference.

After moving through FC Porto’s youth teams (2017–2020), on 2 December, Manuel Tulipa was officially appointed as the interim coach of Vizela, after managing the Minho under-23 team for six games, taking over the functions of Alvaro Pacheco.

“He has done a great job with a group of players who have followed him over the years, but that’s the life of a manager. For one reason or another, he always pays. coach than 20 or so players or club structure. This is how it is and will remain so, only in my case it is not because I have my godfather here … (laughs),” he grimaced.

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Remember that in the publication of FC Porto, Dragões, Pinto da Costa recalled that José Mourinho often told Reinaldo Teles that Sergio Conceição was his godson.

Álvaro Pacheco has been linked with Wisela since the 2019/20 season and was responsible for two consecutive promotions from the Portuguese Championship, then the third national level to the Bwin League, a level that Minho’s team has no longer contested since their unprecedented presence. in 1984/85

“With or without cause, coaches end up paying the price many times over for the interests and unprofessionalism that exist in the clubs. It’s easier to fire a coach than it is to fire 20 or so athletes or a management structure. This will continue in the future,” said Sergio Conceisan.

Porto FC are leading the group with four points and are dependent on themselves to reach the quarter-finals of the youngest competition in national professional football that has never won in the last 15 editions, having been a finalist in 2009/10, 2012/13, 2018/ 19 and 2019/20.

“We know the Wisela athletes individually and what they did in Mafra, but we are going to focus on what we are as a team and we will concentrate on our work, which was very positive after the game with Desportivo de Chavez. [vitória por 2-0]🇧🇷 It will be another final and we are fully focused and focused on our goal,” he said.

The national champions immediately guarantee access to the next stage if they beat the vice-leader Wisela with the same two points as the “secondary” Mafra, who also visits the first division Desportivo de Chávez at the same time, fourth and last, with a point.

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“When we are not competent for 90 minutes of play, it can happen to us that we get to the last game that needs a win to guarantee the quarters. In a competition in which the Dragons started with a draw at home against Mafrences (2-2).

A draw could also play into the hands of Porto, provided that if Mafra succeeds in Tras-os-Montes, he overrides the tie-break criteria, taking into account the possible entry of Gilles Vicente, winners of Group E, into the next stage on Wednesday.

“The team that starts the game has to give me guarantees in various situations and it will be the one that I think will best face Wisela. [sexta-feira]but they can only start 11 at the beginning,” he recalled.

Francisco Meixedo, Pepe, Nigerian Zaidou and Canadian Steven Eustaquio are in the clinical bulletin of FC Porto, who will look to avoid being “hit” in the main phase of the competition for the second season in a row before the return of the Bwin League, which was stopped due to the 2022 World Cup.

The formation led by Sergio Conceição hosts Wisela on Friday from 20:30 at the Dragão Stadium in Porto, in the third and last round of Group A of the League Cup, refereed by Vitor Ferreira of the association. from Braga.

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″



″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe’s costume″



″Most competitive costume required, Pepe's costume″

Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)



BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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