“There are no title deciders.”
(Benfica midfielder Pizzi after the 1-1 draw at Sporting that put SLB provisionally four points clear at the top.)


“Victory in the derby won’t save the season.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the SCP v Benfica clássico; they drew 1-1.)


“We have to get at least ten points to stay in the Liga.”
(João de Deus, coach of equal-bottom club Nacional, after losing at home to Moreirense. Nacional have 20 points from 29 games; there are 5 games left.)


“We’re sad, but this isn’t over yet.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after drawing at Braga and dropping to three points behind Benfica at the top.)


“This game is the hardest because it’s the next one.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo ahead of the visit to Sporting Braga.)


“We were better in everything.”
(Marítimo assistant coach Tiago Aguiar after the 2-1 win over Chaves.)


“The way is long, with terrible battles.”
(Nacional coach João de Deus after the 1-0 win at Estoril that leaves his team one point from safety.)


“Offensively, the blanket was short.”
(Belenenses coach Quim Machado after the 3-0 defeat at FC Porto.)


“I was six years at Benfica, but I want to win points.”
(Petit, coach of Moreirense, who host Benfica in the 28th jornada.)


“For 30 million I’ll send William’s boot, without the studs.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on news of an offer by Manchester City for the midfielder, whose transfer clause is 45m.)


“It was a heavy blow.”
(Chaves coach Ricardo Soares after beating Vitória de Guimarães 3-1 in the second leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-final; they missed a penalty in the dying minutes and went out on away goals.)


“We went from heaven to hell.”
(Sporting Braga coach Jorge Simão after his side let a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 at home to Marítimo.)


“This draw means we’re still in the fight.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after the 1-1 draw at Benfica that keeps FCP just one point behind their rivals at the top.)


“Portugal are on another level.”
(Hungary coach Bernd Storck after losing 3-0 in the World Cup qualifier.)


“I want to stay at Benfica for many years.”
(Brazilian striker Jonas.)


“It’s an extremely appealing mission.”
(João de Deus, new coach at Nacional, rock bottom of the Liga.)


“At Sporting I’m in paradise.”
(Italian full-back Ezequiel Schelotto.)


“Before the game, I told the players that if we won and reached 40 points, I’d pay for the suckling pig.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after beating Arouca 3-1 and reaching ... 40 points.)


“Frustration, sadness and disappointment are words that reflect our mood at the moment.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after dropping two points in the 1-1 home draw with Vitória de Setúbal, preventing his team from knocking Benfica off the top.)


“Our strategy? It was to try and score four goals in the first half.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Vasco Seabra after the 0-0 home draw with Benfica.)


“We’ve believed in the title since the very first day.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“I was born with a green heart.”
(Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.)


“There'll always be the doubt as to whether it would have been different without the red cards.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after going out of the Champions League to Juventus
at the last-16 stage, 0-3 on aggregate. Alex Telles was sent off in the 1st leg, Maxi Pereira in the 2nd.)


“The wind was more complicated than Paços!”
(Nacional coach Predrag Jokanovic after the 1-1 draw with Paços de Ferreira on a blustery mountainside in Madeira.)


“As for the game, speak to Tiago Martins.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins, incandescent at the ref after the 3-3 home draw against Estoril; Vitória had two players sent off.)


“I can do better.”
(Sporting’s Dutch striker Bas Dost after scoring all the goals in his side’s 4-1 win at Tondela.)


“Whoever slips up least will win the title.”
(FC Porto’s Danilo Pereira after their 4-0 win at Arouca which puts them provisionally top, two points ahead of Benfica.)


“I remember games like this as a child in Portugal.”
(Manchester United coach José Mourinho after the 1-1 draw in the Europa League on Rostov’s atrocious pitch.)


“Next year we’ll be back.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the aggregate 1-4 defeat to Dortmund in the Champions League last-16 tie.)


“Lindelof’s future? I can’t say anything ...”
(The Benfica centre-back’s Swedish national team-mate John Guidetti.)


“I’m not treated like the others.”
(Nantes striker Éder, convinced that the goal he scored in the European Championship Final means he’s being victimised in France.)


“There’s not much to say. Nothing went as planned.”
(Nacional midfielder Washington after the 7-0 defeat at FC Porto.)


“We have to be very careful what we say, and sometimes it’s better to be quiet..”
(Benfica cooach Rui Vitória on the growing controversy over the pressure put on referees.)


“A cat has seven lives, but the Panther has 14.”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal on reports that the club is going bankrupt.)


“The refereeing? I’ll talk when I have to.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória.)


“It’s very difficult to deal with this pressure.”
(Nacional coach Predrag Jokanovic after the 0-0 draw with Feirense that keeps his team in the drop zone.)


“It was a fair result, but it could have been by the odd goal.”
(Chaves coach Ricardo Soares after a dignified perfomance but a 3-1 defeat against Benfica at the Luz.)


“Referees influence results with these decisions.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo, unhappy that the ref sent off full back Alex Telles in the 0-2 Champions League home defeat to Juventus.)


“The strength of this group of players is the friendship that unites us.”
(FC Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira ahead of the Champions League tie with Juventus.)


“If we win all our games, we’ll be Champions.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.)


“I dream of being champion with Sporting.”
(Sporting keeper Rui Patrício after his 400th game, a terrific performance in a 1-0 home win to Rio Ave.)


“What happened wasn’t football.”
(Tondela keeper Cláudio Ramos on a penalty and a red card just before half time that set up FC Porto for a 4-0 win.)


“It’s an absolutely ridiculous result.”
(Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel after going down 1-0 to Benfica in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, after dominating throughout.)


“It will be hard for anyone to play 500 games for Benfica again.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on captain Luisão, who will play game 500 in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.)


“We haven’t thrown the towel in.”
(Adrien Silva, captain of Sporting, 10 points behind leaders Benfica with 13 games left.)


“It’s going better than I thought.”
(FC Porto’s Tiquinho Soares, with three goals in his first two games for the club.)


“I know nothing, and at this moment, I can’t confirm anything.”
(Arouca president Carlos Pinho on coach Lito Vidigal, a short time later confirmed as new
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach.)


“Maybe I’d like to have a go at coaching my Seleção.”
(Luís Figo, getting a little ahead of himself..)


“That's the first I've heard of it! I don't use social media.”
(Feirense coach Nuno Santos, asked about suspicious betting ahead of Feirense 2-1 Rio Ave.)


“We’re having trouble scoring.”
(Belenenses coach Quim Machado after the 0-0 home draw with Tondela; Belenenses have 13 goals in 20 games ...)


“It’s gratifying to play in a full stadium with this shirt.”
(Striker Jonas after his two goals help Benfica to a 3-0 win over Nacional at the Luz.)


“I told him that he won the game.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus reveals what he said to FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas after the 2-1 defeat at the Dragão.)


“I understand about 20 or 30% of what Jorge Jesus says.”
(Sporting’s Dutch striker Bas Dost on his coach.)


“It wasn’t just the wind that affected us ...”
(Braga coach Jorge Simão takes a sideswipe at the ref after the 1-0 defeat at Rio Ave.)


“At our club there are some words that aren’t in the dictionary, like pressure and euphoria.”
(Benfica assistant coach Arnaldo Teixeira after the 1-0 defeat at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“Shirts don’t win games.”
(Moreirense’s Francisco Geraldes, on loan from Sporting, after the 1-0 win over favourites Braga to take the 2016/17 edition of the Taça da Liga, the first trophy in the club’s history.)


“It’s only in ballet that you can’t step on people because the ballerina might fall over.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus bemoans a yellow for William Carvalho that sees him suspended from next week’s clássico at FC Porto.)


“When you believe, nothing’s impossible.”
(Estoril coach Pedro Carmona ahead of the visit of FC Porto.)
[Porto won 2-1, inflicting the seventh straight defeat on Estoril.]


“We could have scored more.”
(Moreirense coach Augusto Inácio after humbling Benfica 3-1 in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“We haven’t thrown in the towel.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus. The team are ten points behind Liga leaders Benfica.)


“For me there’s no such thing as a lost ball.”
(Brazilian striker Tiquinho Soares after moving from Vitória de Guimarães to FC Porto.)


“We have to define our play in the last third better.”
(Tondela coach Pepa after the 4-0 defeat at Benfica.)


“The draw doesn’t taste of very much.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after the 2-2 draw at home to Sporting.)


“Jorge Jesus will not be my coach.”
(Candidate for president of Sporting, Pedro Madeira Rodrigues)


“We go out with our heads held high.”
(Leixões coach Daniel Kenedy after losing 6-2 in the Taça de Portugal quarter-final.)


“It was me who taught you how to win.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, addressing the fans of his former club Benfica.)


“We weren’t humble enough.”
(Abel Xavier, currently coach of Mozambique, on why the ‘Golden Generation’ of players [Figo, João Pinto, Rui Costa, etc.] were not as good as the current Seleção.)


“There’s a lot of quality in the squad.”
(Pepa, new coach of bottom club Tondela.)


“We’re working to return the Panther to what it once was.”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after the 3-3 draw at Benfica.)

“I want to play until I’m 50!”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas.)


“I’d just come from two months’ holiday in Morocco, and my mum’s a good cook.”
(Benfica forward Adel Taarabt, loaned to Génova, explains being overweight when he signed for SLB in 2015.)


“I’ve got a ‘B’ team full of good players!”
(Sporting Braga coach Jorge Simão takes a swipe at his ‘A’ team, despite their qualifying for the Taça da Liga Final Four after beating Marítimo 1-0.)


“I’m sure that we would have beaten them.”
(Arsenal’s German international Mesut Özil on Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph.)


“We should have had a penalty!”
(Moreirense coach Augusto Inácio still manages a dig at the ref, even though they beat Belenenses to move out of the bottom two.)


“The Panther’s alive!”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after the 1-0 win over Vitória de Setúbal that leaves the team in the top half of the table.)


“You win games with goals.”
(FC Porto captain Hector Herrera after the 0-0 draw at Paços de Ferreira that left FCP six points behind Benfica at the top.)


“This is a lack of respect for Sporting.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, sent off at the end of the controversial Taça de Portugal game at Vitória de Setúbal, who won with a last minute penalty to knock SCP out.)


“Is it always going to be like this?”
(FC Porto full back Miguel Layún after two FCP players were sent off in the 1-0 defeat at Moreirense in the Taça da Liga; Porto were knocked out.)


“It’s just as well that ridiculousness doesn’t kill.”
(Benfica presidente Luís Filipe Vieiria on his Sporting counterpart Bruno de Carvalho.)


“Winning the European Championship was an historic feat difficult to repeat.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos.)


“Money isn’t everything.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, reacting to a reported offer of €100m a year for the Real Madrid player to move to China.)

“2016 serves as motivation.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-0 win against Paços de Ferreira in the Taça da Liga, bringing the total wins for the year to 44 - equalled only by Barcelona.)


“We’ve come back well, we’ve come back strong.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo on the state of the team after the Christmas break [they drew 1-1 at home to Feirense in the Taça da Liga, 29/12].)


“It’s been an incredible year, and I’m very happy.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“[At Benfica] it took six years to get to what I wanted to build ...”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the team’s stuttering season.)

“At a certain point, Benfica didn’t want to play. And they say that it’s the weaker teams that sometimes don’t want to play football...”
(Rio Ave captain Tarantini after the 2-0 defeat at the Luz.)


“We’re first and FC Porto are second, four points behind*. And that’s what I’m concerned with.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked about Sporting.)


“It was a great display of character.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after a hard 2-1 win at home to Chaves.)


“The demands of the fans made some players anxious.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after losing 0-1 at home to Braga.)


“Thank You, God!!!”
(Benfica striker Jonas returns to action after four months out through injury.)


“Pressure? Pressure is not having enough money to buy Christmas presents for your kids, or having health problems.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória)

“It’s important not to concede stupid goals.”
(Moreirense coach Augusto Inácio ahead of the home game against Arouca [1-4].)


“[Sporting president] Bruno de Carvalho is going to continue with the same old fantasist spiel.”
(Sports fund Doyen after Sporting were ordered to pay them €12m plus interest in respect of Marcos Rojo, transferred to Manchester United in 2014.)


“We fell, but we fell standing up.”
(Vitória de Setúbal captain Vasco Fernandes after being knocked out of the Taça de Portugal by Sporting [0-1])


“If it’s just a question of sitting there, tell me - I know a load of homeless people who’ll go there and need the money more than those who are there.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho attacks the stewards at the Luz who did nothing to stop Benfica fans throwing things at him during the clássico [2-1 to Benfica].)


“It’s as if it were the first - a dream come true.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo lifts his fourth Ballon d’Or.)


“What was missing was for the ‘third team’ [match officials] to see the incidents in the game.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-1 defeat at Benfica in the SLB v SCP clássico.)


“Are we in a soap opera? Ask about the game!”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked about his Sporting rival Jorge Jesus ahead of the SLB v SCP clássico.)


“We’ve got half the points we need to stay up.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after beating Estoril 2-0. Vitória have 16 points.)


“I can’t criticise my team.”
(Braga coach José Peseiro after losing 2-4 at home to Shakhtar and crashing out of the Europa League.)


“We had a team to be in the Europa League.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after coming bottom of their Champions League group, beaten on the last day by Legia [1-0].)


“The important thing is that we guaranteed qualification.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the 1-2 Champions League Group B defeat at home to Napoli.)


“It’s a shame that I won’t be able to work more years with these players.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, admitting that a lot of his team will be leaving soon for greater things.)


“I don’t want us to be the winter champions - I want to be champions in May.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“Seven minutes added time is something else.”
(Braga captain André Pinto after they lost to a 95th minute goal at FC Porto.)


“We’re going to fight for the tetra [4th straight title] until the last drop of sweat.”
(Benfica captain Luisão after the 2-1 defeat at Marítimo, the club’s first of the season.)


“Nuno Espírito Santo is the least guilty in this whole situation. The problems [...] go much deeper.”
(Former FC Porto keeper Vitor Baía on the coach’s part in the club’s current slump.)


“The winner of the Taça da Liga should get into Europe.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side beat Arouca in their first T da L group game.)


“It would be unfair to think about myself at this moment - I’m thinking of the team.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo, asked if his job is at risk after the 4th 0-0 draw in a row - Belenenses in the Taça da Liga.)


“The first three goals were gifts.”
(Feirense coach José Mota after the 6-2 hammering at Sporting Braga.)


“My suitcase is always at the door.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Carlos Pinto after another defeat - 1-0 at Arouca - that leaves his team perilously close to the drop zone.)
[His contract was terminated the next day.]


“We scored an equaliser - I think everyone saw it.”
(Boavista defender Carlos Santos on a ball that might have gone over the line in the 0-1 defeat to Sporting.)


“The victory is as much Nuno Capucho’s as mine.”
(Rio Ave’s new coach Luís Castro gives a nod to his predecessor after the 1-0 win at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“We played to win, but it was important not to lose.”
(Sporting Braga striker Hassan after the 2-2 Europa League draw at Gent, postponing qualifying until the last group game against Shakhtar.)


“We ended up giving Besiktas the oxygen they needed.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after they let a 3-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 at Besiktas in the Champions League.)


“Fair play doesn’t exist - it’s bullsh*t.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after Real’s Kovacic feigns being hit to get SCP full back João Pereira sent off in the SCP 1-2 Real CL fixture.)


“Of course I’d like to train Ronaldo.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the CL group game against Real Madrid.)


“I understand the fans’ contestation.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Carlos Pinto after being knocked out of the Taça de Portugal 1-0 at third-tier Vilafranquense.)


“Besiktas is another story, but this game helped us to be more confident.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after thrashing Marítimo 6-0 in the Taça de Portugal, ahead of the Champions League visit to Besiktas.)


“One of the Big Three has fallen. The Final’s closer now.”
(Chaves coach Jorge Simão after knocking FC Porto out of the Taça de Portugal on penalties in the fourth round.)


“I owe everything to Jesus.”
(Sporting midfielder Bruno César grateful to coach Jorge Jesus.)


“The bell rang and the team reacted.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal allowed Latvia to equalise before going on to win their World Cup qualifier 4-1.)


“We have to break this cycle - it’s too long without winning any titles.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“Maybe when I’m past 41 I’ll come and help out a bit here.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on the possibility of returning to Sporting at the end of his career.)


“This game is going to leave us hurt.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after conceding in added time to draw 1-1 with Benfica.)


“The Panther’s beginning to roar!”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after the 2-1 win at Rio Ave.)


“Just like in other areas of society, it’s easier to pick on the least powerful.”
(Chaves coach Jorge Simão, suspended for 10 days.)


“We’re going to face a wall.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Latvia.)


“Our main aim is to qualify from the group. It’s possible and we’re focussed.”
(Sporting keeper Rui Patrício after the 1-0 CL defeat at Dortmund that leaves them on 3 points, 5 behind Real, with two games left ...)


“We only relax when we go on holiday.”
(Benfica captain Luisão after the 1-0 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev that puts
SLB equal top of Group B with Napoli.)


“Talk doesn’t win games.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked to comment on the club’s five-point lead at the top.)


“Second place is worth what it’s worth.”
(Sporting Braga coach José Peseiro after going equal 2nd with FC Porto - behind Benfica - following the 2-1 win over Belenenses.)


“Getting a point against these teams is as if it were a victory..”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 0-0 home draw with FC Porto.)


“We lacked emotional equilibrium.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after dropping another two points, this time at Nacional, 0-0.)


“I need people to hate me, and I need my enemies.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“I want the tetra [four straight championships] and to stay hungry for titles.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, voted in for a fifth mandate 27/10/16.)


“We’re going to be happy.”
(Sporting keeper Rui Patrício reassures the club’s fans about the season’s outcome.)


“It’s not easy to re-build a team and be in third place on the same points as Sporting.”
(Braga coach José Peseiro after the 1-0 win over Chaves.)


“When I don’t win, I don’t sleep.”
(Rio Ave coach Nuno Capucho after the 1-1 draw at Moreirense.)


“They played for time ... just like Borussia Dortmund did.”
(Sporting’s Bruno César after the 1-1 home draw with Tondela.)


“It’s our duty to break the cycle of not winning the championship.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“We might be lacking other things, but not attitude.”
(FC Porto central defender Ivan Marcano.)


“It’s difficult but we’re not going to give up.”
(Sporting Braga striker Hassan after his team could only draw at Konyaspor in the Europa League.)


“Congratulations, team, very happy. Glory to God.”
(Benfica captain Luisão on social media after the team won 2-0 at Dynamo Kiev on Day 3 of the Champions League.)


“Lately it’s hard for us to start games.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas.)


The only solution was to score!”
(FC Porto striker André Silva, who got the added-time winner from the spot to beat Club Brugge for FCP’s first CL group win.)


“We don’t have any margin for error.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo ahead of the Champions League game at Club Brugge.) [FCP won 2-1 with a last-minute penalty]


“This victory wasn’t just a stroke of luck.”
(Costinha, coach of Segunda Liga side Académica, after they knock Belenenses out of the Taça.)


“We have great ambitions.”
(Sporting’s Serbian forward Lazar Markovic.)


“It’s a privilege for any player to score against Benfica.”
(Martim Águas, son of former Benfica striker Rui, on his goal in the 4th round Taça tie, Benfica beating 1º Dezembro 2-1.)


“The players were committed until the last drop of sweat and the last second.”
(Rui Silva, caretaker coach of Segunda side Famalicão, who gave Sporting a run for their
money in the 3rd round of the Taça but went out 0-1.)


“There’s no pillow more comfortable for sleeping on than a clear conscience.”
(Former Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez, sacked this week.)


“It’s with great honour and passion that I’ve embraced this project.”
(New Boavista coach Miguel Leal)


“I told the players that if we had the right attitude we’d win this game, and they interpreted that fantastically well.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 6-0 World Cup win in the Faroe Islands.)


“The artificial pitch can’t be used as an excuse.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos ahead of the World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands.)


“We suffer more pressure at home than away.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez takes a pop at the fans after his side go out of the Taça da Liga, 0-1 at home to Belenenses.)


“I know I’m an important player - like all the others are.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring four goals in Portugal’s 6-0 win over Andorra.)


“We lacked quality and intelligence.”
(Portugal U-21 coach Rui Jorge after his team dropped two points [3-3] in the European Championship qualifier in Hungary.)


“I’ll come back even better.”
(Sporting captain Adrien, out for 4-6 weeks after a knee operation.)


“I don’t have many years left - ten, more or less ...”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, opening one of his hotels in Lisbon.)


“We weren’t clever and crafty.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side let a 3-0 lead slip at Guimarães, the game finishing 3-3.)


“We have to improve and find greater emotional balance.”
(Erwin Sánchez, coach of struggling Boavista.)


“We can’t stay in ‘Champions’ mode.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, announcing his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and the Faroe Islands.)


“If there’s one thing I’m not it’s daft.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória defending changes he made to his side for the 4-2 CL loss at Napoli.)


“I know FC Porto well, and my job is to score goals.”
(Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, formerly of Sporting, after scoring the only goal in
the 1-0 CL win over Porto, his 7th in 9 games against them.)


“With this group I’ll go to the end of the world.”
(Belenenses coach Julio Velázquez after his side drew 1-1 at home to Arouca.)
[N.B. He resigned 10 days later.]


“If I talk about the refereeing, I’ll be here a long time.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, after the 2-0 defeat at Marítimo.)


“Reality spat in our face.”
(Chaves coach Jorge Simão after his saide went down 0-2 at home to Benfica)


“William’s pass had eyes.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on his side’s third goal against Estoril, which finished 4-2.)


“Not even Jesus Christ pleased everybody.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez responds to contestation from supporters.)


“The match officials did a good job.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, unusually generous after the 3-1 defeat at Rio Ave.)


“This is a war and we’ve lost a battle”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side slip up 3-1 at Rio Ave.)


“My players had to break loose ... and they broke loose.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Carlos Pinto after the 4-1 win at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“What should have happened was to have the support of our fans for the whole 90 minutes, because whistling doesn’t get us anywhere.”
(Braga coach José Peseiro after they dropped points at home to Gent in the Europa League.)


“I doubt whether we’d have lost this game if I’d been on the bench until the end.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, sent off after an hour in the 1-2 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.)


“Why did I leave? That’s what I’d like to know, too, because I don’t.”
(Former Benfica midfielder Talisca after scoring an added-time equaliser in the CL group game Benfica v Besiktas.)


“We’re going to approach the Champions League with a lot of ambition.”
(Sporting midfielder Bryan Ruíz ahead of their opening CL group game at Real Madrid.)


“There’s a different glint in the eye of the players, the directors, the coach and the fans.”
(Brazilian midfielder Elias, returning to Sporting, after they beat Moreirense 3-0.)


“There were many things that were done badly in the past; it wasn’t only the relegation but everything involving the relegation.”
(Académica coach Costinha on the club’s relegation to the second tier.)


“If there’s one thing we don’t do it’s moan.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after strikers Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Jovic are ruled out of the game at Arouca through injury.)


“We went from 80 to 8 with tremendous ease.”
(After winning the European Championship, Seleção coach Fernando Santos bemoans Portugal’s slip-up in their first World Cup 2018 qualifier, 0-2 in Switzerland.)


“The banks to take half from the Lions.”
(Daily tabloid Correio da Manhã says that Sporting will keep only half of the proceeds of the sales of João Mário, Slimani and Adrien, the other half going to pay off debts.)


“The tactical change I made was decisive for the win.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus turns on the modesty after the 2-1 win over FC Porto.)


“We cooked up the goals for Benfica.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado after his team went down 1-3 to Benfica.”


“The first objective is to win the group.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on World Cup qualification.”


“Arouca dignified Portuguese football.”
(Arouca coach Lito Vidigal after his side went down honourably at Olympiakos in the Europa League play-off.)


“That’s football.”
(Rio Ave coach Nuno Capucho after his side conceded on 92 minutes to drop two points at Braga.)


“When a Big Club doesn’t win, the referee is under fire.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after his side drew 1-1 at Benfica, who were awarded a penalty near the end.)


“We have holes in the squad, injured players and in some positions players who have never played in Europe and aren’t competitive yet.”
(Estoril coach Fabiano Soares after going down 1-0 at FC Porto.)


“I’m Benfica and FC Porto’s best scout.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus refuses to reveal which players he’s looking to buy after being
burned by his rivals in previous seasons.)


“I had to do what captains have to do.”
(Nani on taking over from Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 Final.)


“A lot of these players have never been in the top flight, but they’ve shown that
they’re here to stay.”

(Feirense coach José Mota after the 2-0 win at Estoril.)


“The market could mess with Rafa’s head.”
(Sporting Braga coach José Peseiro on his much coveted forward.)


“We’re in the market for a Pokémon.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the club’s search for a striker.)


“We can’t go another season without winning titles.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas.)


“Cristiano cried like a child.”
(Portugal full-back Eliseu on the dressing-room after the Euro Final triumph.)


“At the end of the day, it’s a goal at the Olympic Games ...”
(Portugal goalscorer Gonçalo Paciência after the 2-0 victory over Argentina in the Olympic football tournament.)


“I’m sad, but the team showed soul and character.”
(Rio Ave coach Nuno Capucho after they went out of the Europa League to Slavia Prague.)


“I still feel sorry for the French.”
(Euro 2016 hero Éder upon returning to his club, Lille.)


“Podence exaggerates with the self-confidence.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the club’s young Portuguese winger.)


“Don’t ask me to swap winning with putting on a show, because I’m not able to.”
(Fernando Santos, Seleção coach.)


“Being a hotel-owner is still a bit strange to me.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo at the opening of the Hotel Pestana CR7 in Funchal, Madeira.)


“It’s been a hard start to the pre- season ... We’re a bit tired.”
(Sporting’s Bryan Ruíz after they lost 0-5 to PSV. Sporting have won only one of four friendlies, scored six and conceded 14.)


“It’s not good to concede so many goals.”
(Sporting centre-back Rúben Semedo after they lose 2-4 to Zenit - nine goals conceded
in three friendlies.)


“We want to be first, but above all, may Portuguese football win.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória)


“This time, don’t say that we won because of the other team’s demerit - I’m a bit
fed up with that.”

(Fernando Santos after Portugal beat France 1-0 to become European Champions.)


“Finals aren’t to be played, they’re to be won.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Wales to reach the Final of the Euros.)


“We’re going to try to give the Portuguese some joy.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Poland to pass to the Semi-finals of the Euros.)


“It was a game in which we were lucky ... but we deserved it.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Croatia 1-0 to qualify for the
quarter-finals of the Euros.)


“Win the Euros just with draws? Where do I sign?”
(National coach Fernando Santos, ahead of Portugal v Croatia in the last 16.)


“It was a crazy game - we were out of the Euros three times.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after the 3-3 draw with Hungary that qualified Portugal for the last 16.)


“We’re going to get to the Final and we’re going to win it!”
(National coach Fernando Santos in pugnacious mood after another disappointing draw, 0-0 with Austria.)


“Ronaldo’s the best in the world, and that tells you how important he is for the Seleção.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos.)


“He’s fundamental, but the Seleção isn’t just Ronaldo.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos.)


“It’s not how it begins ...”
(Portugal forward Nani after a disappointing draw against Iceland in the EURO 2016 opener)


“Things are good, but let’s keep calm...”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 7-0 drubbing of Estonia.)


“Cristiano Ronaldo told me what we all wanted to know - that he’s fully fit. We’re going to have a Super Ronaldo!”
(Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa visits the Seleção’s training camp.)


“I have a dream of being European Champion.”
(Seleção midfielder João Mário.)


“Bruno Alves has already apologised to everyone.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after Alves was sent off on 35’ against England [0-1])


“It’s fundamental to get rid of this climate of apprehension.”
(New FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“I haven’t been approached by anyone from FC Porto.”
(Olympiakos coach Marco Silva on a mooted move back to Portugal - Nuno Espírito Santo was presented as the new FC Porto coach on 01/06/16.)


“I don’t know why we’re always talking about Ronaldo, or why you [journalists] say that we depend on him.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos.)


“I want to take advantage of the talent that God gave me.”
(Ricardo Quarresma, who scored the frst of Portugal’s goals in the 3-0 friendly win over Norway.)


“I always try to simplify - I’m like a compass.”
(Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.)


“This was our main objective.”
(Sporting Braga coach Paulo Fonseca after winning the Taça de Portugal Final against FC Porto on penalties.)


A tasty season. It was important to end it with a win.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after beating Marítimo 6-2 in the Taça da Liga Final.)


It’s hard for us to leave players out, but it’s important to arrive in France tuned up.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after announcing the squad for Euro 2016.)


“Being champions is a result of posture.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória.)

“It wasn’t the best team that won this championship.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)

“Down there in about 90th place in my attention is Sporting’s coach.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória)

“Vítor Pereira will have a shirt with the number 35 on it.”
(Sporting’s General Director Octávio Machado on the president of the Refereeing Council; 35 is the number of Benfica’s titles.)

“I’m expecting the Tetra and the Penta.”
(Benfica keeper Julio César.)

“Seeing and hearing the fans call my name, I wanted to cry, shout, laugh ...”
(Benfica keeper Paulo Lopes, given some minutes to be able to win a champions sash.)

“This season can’t be considered a failure.”
Paulo Fonseca, coach of Sporting Braga, 4th.)


“The relegation is unfair, cruel and hard. We’ve all taken a punch in the guts.”
(Norton de Matos, coach of União, relegated on the last day after losing 1-2 at home to Rio Ave.)


“Up until the last second, anything can happen.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, hoping for things to go the right way on Sunday -
title-deciding day.)


“We wanted to finish fourth.”
(Lito Vidigal, coach of Arouca, after they clinched fifth spot, the best in the club’s history.)


“We’ve had a lot of difficult games ... but they don’t kill us.”
(Benfica coach Rui Victória after a hard-earned 2-0 win at Marítimo.)


“I’ll have an almond stuck in my throat if we’re not champions.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“We have to believe until the last drop of blood.”
(Tondela coach Petit after the 4-1 win at Paços de Ferreira left them with chances of survival.)


“We hope you are not a victim of the revenge of the most powerful, as happened in other countries.”
(Boavista president João Loureiro congratulates Leicester City on winning the English Premier League. Boavista won the Portuguese Liga in 2001, but were forcibly relegated in 2008.)


“It was the mother of all victories.”
(União coach Norton de Matos after the 3-1 home win over fellow relegation strugglers Académica.)


“Sporting confirmed that they’re the best team in the championship.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of Sporting, after they won 3-1 at FC Porto to keep their title hopes alive.)


“If we’d won any points at the Luz, Portugal would have collapsed.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição after the 1-0 defeat at Benfica.)


“I’ll only leave Portugal if it’s to go to a big club in Europe. To earn money I could go to Qatar or China, but I don’t fancy it much.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on his future.)


“We continue to believe.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, only three points from safety after looking well and truly buried.)


“Getting into the Champions League means we can be four years in the shade of the banana tree.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side guarantee a place in next season’s CL with a 2-0 win over União.)


“Slimani’s goal wasn’t offside!”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the controversial winner against Moreirense ... a week ago.)


“Why would I resign if we were still in all competitions?”
(Former FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, still bitter after all these weeks.)


“The Golden Boot? I don’t think about it.”
(Benfica striker Jonas, vying with Cristiano Ronaldo for the European top scorer award.”


“I don’t have Indiana Jones’ miracle water to be able to play my whole life.”
(FC Porto ‘keeper Iker Casillas, 34.)


“Benfica continue to hold several very useful records: fewest yellow cards shown, no players sent off, and their immunity with regard to penalties.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“We lost to an offfside goal.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal after Slimani, ‘clearly’ offside, scores the only goal in a 0-1 home defeat to Sporting.)


“I could talk about the refereeing, but as we lost 0-4, it’s not worth it.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca after the defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League quarter-final.)


“We went toe-to-toe with Bayern.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 2-2 draw in the CL Quarter Final 2nd leg; Benfica went out 2-3 on aggregate.)


“Anyone who plays in Portugal and is lucky enough to triumph there can triumph in any league in the world.”
(Real Madrid defender Pepe, formerly of FC Porto and Marítimo.)


“We’re alive!”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, after a second straight win throws them a lifeline.)


“I didn’t know - and I don’t know - Benfica’s result.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus playing it cool in the race for the title.)


“We’ve hit bottom.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, disappointed with the team’s showing this season.)


“We’re going at them with tooth and nail.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória ahead of the CL tie with Bayern Munich.)


“Our rivals know that a new cycle has begun.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho)


“Why should I have to assume that we’re candidates for the Europa League when you lot don’t believe it.”
(Arouca coach Lito Vidigal fires on journalists after his side beat Académica 3-2)


“They’re going to crucify the players, but I’m the guilty one.”
(Sporting Braga coach Paulo Fonseca after his side go down 5-1 to Benfica at the Luz.)


“I’m going to pray to be among the 23 selected”
(Southampton centre-back José Fonte, quite keen to be in the Seleção for the EUROs.)


“Ronaldo is keeping the goals for the EUROs.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 0-1 home defeat to Bulgaria.)


“Football cost me dear.”
(Coach Quinito, out of football since the death of his son in 2009.)


“Losing like this is sad.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez after his side lost 0-1 to Benfica, the goal coming in added time.)


“What he thinks and says is worth zero - I’m the one in charge at Sporting.”
(Coach Jorge Jesus on striker Islam Slimani, peeved at being subbed on 60 minutes against Arouca.)


“Cristiano’s ambition alone is not enough - we need the ambition of everyone.”(Portugal coach Fernando Santos on the Seleção’s chances at EURO 2016.)


“Getting refereeing like this is a total frustration!”
(Fenerbahçe’s Portuguese coach Vítor Pereira after his side went down 4-1 to Braga in the Europa League, helped by a poor performance from the ref.)


“It’s becoming more and more difficut - but it’s still possible.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, 11 points from safety with just eight games left.)


“What game? There was no game - this was a disgrace!”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição, not pleased with the ref after the 0-1 home
defeat to Paços de Ferreira.)


“The team has built up a lot of pressure and stress.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side struggled to beat União 3-2.)


“It seemed like we were the ones at the foot of the table.”
(Marítimo coach Nelo Vingada after his side went down 0-3 at home to lowly Boavista.)


“It wasn’t the best decision, but I’d take it again.”
(FC Porto ‘keeper Iker Casillas on coming out 30 metres to allow Alan to score Braga’s third in the 3-1 away defeat.)


“I don’t care how far Benfica can go. I’m a portista!”
(André Villas Boas, coach of Zenit, knocked out of the Champions League by Benfica.)


“I saw them play - now I’m playing alongside them!”
(Benfica wunderkind Renato Sanches on his heroes.)


“Slimani is constantly suspended on a psychological level.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on the Liga’s delay in deciding on the Algerian striker’s suspension for elbowing Benfica’s Samaris in November.)


“Whenever there was a mistake [by the referee] it was against FC Porto!”
(FCP coach José Peseiro after his side went down 3-1 at Braga.)


“We’ve taken a big step, but there are still nine finals to go.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after his side beat Sporting 1-0 to go top of the table.)


“The public are entitled to wave white handkerchiefs.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Jorge Simão after his side let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with Marítimo. Paços haven’t won in eight league games.)


“Our dreams were broken by a non-existent penalty in the first leg.”
(Rio Ave coach Pedro Martins bemoans his team’s exit from the Taça de Portugal at the hands of Braga in the semi-final - 0-1 on aggregate.)


“I’m happy and you can see that on the pitch.”
(Benfica striker Jonas, top scorer in Portugal and Europe, after getting both goals in the 2-0
win over União.)


“We’re still smiling.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, after they won 2-1 at Moreirense.)


“I don’t want to put the cart before the oxen.”
(Estoril’s Brazilian striker Léo Bonatini on being asked about his future after scoring a hat-trick against Vitória de Setúbal.)


“Finally change has come. This is the beginning of a new era for FIFA.”
(Luís Figo on the election of Gianni Infantino as president of football’s governing body.)


“The goal was off-side - it stabbed us deep.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side went down 0-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund
and went out of the Europa League.)


“We’re allowed to dream.”
(Sporting Braga midfielder Josué after the 2-2 home draw with Sion that put Braga through to the last 16 of the Europa League.)


“Some players could give more.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sanchez not naming names after the 2-0 defeat at Sporting.)


“Being at the airport so many hours, waiting to see if there was a flight or not, going home, eating hamburgers and pizzas, sitting on sofas for hours - it’s not good for anyone, but the team did well today.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado. The team had been held back in Madeira ahead of the 1-1 draw at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“Owing to our situation in the table, it’s like the ball burns.”
(Filipe Gouveia, coach of second-to-bottom Académica, after the 0-2 defeat at home to Rio Ave.)


“With ugly ducklings you can’t fight for titles.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus defends striker Téo Gutiérrez, booed by fans.)


“We still have a chance - we’re not dead yet.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side went down 2-0 at Dortmund in the Europa League.)


“I don’t need kisses or hugs. We’re professionals.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, asked about his relationship with his teammates at Real Madrid.)


“It’s inevitable that Braga will be champions one day.”
(League president Pedro Proença, speaking at the gala evening of ... Sporting Braga.)


“This is not the football I like to be in.”
(Marítimo coach Nelo Vingada criticises the ref after the 1-3 home defeat against Braga.)


“Sporting have a different kind of material.”
(Manuel Machado, coach of struggling Nacional, after the 0-4 home defeat to the top team.)


“Hope is the last thing to die, and we have hope.”
(FC Porto’s Mexican captain Hector Herrera after the 2-1 win at Benfica that left FCP just three points behind them.)


“Nothing has ever been easy for me.”
(Sporting’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani.)


“I understand the fans’ displeasure, and they can demonstrate that they’re dissatisfied, but I hope that next time it’s at the end of the game.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after the 1-2 home defeat to Arouca.)


“Yesterday will be the base of my whole career.”
(Arouca’s Paraguayan forward Walter González, 20, after his two goals beat FC Porto at the Dragão.)


“Carrillo is a theme that’s not in my dictionary any more.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the Peruvian winger, recently signed by Benfica but on Sporting’s books until the end of the season.)


“I said absolutely nothing!”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição, sent off during the 1-1 draw at Tondela.)


“I can only apologise to the fans.”
(Belenenses captain Gonçalo Brandão after his side went down 0-5 at home to Benfica.)


“I hope the Restelo will be stained red.”
(Benfica coach Rui Victória ahead of his side’s trip across Lisbon to Belenenses.)


“If we get to the Final, I don’t want anyone to stay in Barcelos.”
(Gil Vicente president António Fiusa with a special invitation to burglars if his side get to the Final of the Taça de Portugal.)


“Imbula is a young player with quality.”
(Stoke City manager Mark Hughes after signing the midfielder from FC Porto for 24 million euros.)


“We shot ourselves in the foot again.”
(Tondela coach Petit after the 3-1 defeat at Nacional that leaves the bottom side eight points from safety.)


“We died on the beach.”
(Académica’s Rafa Soares after his side went down 3-2 at Sporting.)


“They didn’t let me say goodbye to the players.”
(Former FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, sacked by the club.)


“These players are worth more than this.”
(FC Porto coach José Peseiro after his side go down 0-2 at second-tier Feirense and go out of the Taça da Liga with no points in the group phase.)


“The next game will obviously be different.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal after his side went down 1-6 at home to Benfica in the Taça da Liga.)


“Nothing is impossible in football.”
(Petit, coach of bottom club Tondela, eight points from safety after losing 1-2 to Boavista.)


“The national team is a dream I have inside me ... In a bigger club, it would certainly be easier to get there.”
(Paços de Ferreira’s Portuguese striker Bruno Moreira, the Liga’s third top goalscorer with 12 goals.)


“I’ll always be a Dragon.”
(Spanish winger Cris
tian Tello as he leaves FC Porto for Fiorentina.)


“We want to be in the Final in Paris, and that’s why we have a reservation until that day; we believe we’re going to be here until 10 July.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos, visiting training camp facilities ahead of EURO 2016.)


“I hope that Peseiro helps to lift the club.”
(FC Porto caretaker Rui Barros on new coach José Peseiro after FCP crash out of the Taça da Liga with a 1-0 defeat at second-division Famalicão.)


“If the result were the other way round, it wouldn’t be a scandal.”
(João Barbosa, coach of second-division Oriental, after the 0-1 defeat to Benfica in the Taça da Liga.)


“The last good joke I heard? That Sporting were going to be champions.”
(Presidential candidate Marisa Matias)


“My parents were illiterate, but they passed fantastic principles on to me.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição, whose professionalism was questioned ahead of the game against FC Porto [1-0])


“Rúben Ribeiro is like me and Timofte.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez heaps praise on the club’s new midfield signing.)


“We made the game difficult - and so did the referee.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side dropped two points [2-2] at home to bottom club Tondela.)


“I know it’s a person - I just don’t know his name.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, asked who will be replacing sacked coach Júlen Lopetegui.)


“We’re surpassing all expectations.”
(Jorge Simão, coach of Paços de Ferreira, clear 5th in the Liga.)


“Today it was everything we weren’t expecting - it was a disaster.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal after his side went down 5-1 at Marítimo.)


“We have to do like the Indians do - attack.”
(Estoril coach Fabiano Soares ahead of the game against Belenenses.)


“I asked them not to call me up for those games any more.”
(Benfica’s Adel Taarabt, fed up of playing for the ‘B’ team.)


“We can’t change the direction of the wind. What we can do is set the sails to take better advantage of the wind, make it so that the wind that there is pushes all of us.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after recent contestation of his position at the club.)


“We have to be man enough to face the situation calmly.”
(Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez, who saw his team lose 0-3 to Moreirense and fall into the drop zone.)


“Sporting are a candidate for the title, not the candidate.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of top club Sporting.)


“I’m convinced that we’re going to be Champions.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his side went down 2-0 at Sporting and lost the top spot to ... Sporting.)


“Not even God pleased everybody.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on not being universally liked.)


“The thinking in our football is to channel the means almost entirely towards the Big Three, leaving crumbs for all the rest.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado criticises the massive media deals struck by the Big Three [FC Porto, Benfica; Sporting])


“The clássico isn’t a matter of life or death.”
(Sporting midfielder João Mário ahead of a vital Sporting v FC Porto.)


“All stories have an ending. In this case we’re still at the beginning.”
Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after the club lost their dispute with Doyen at TAS.”


The coach has been contested since the very first day, just as Mourinho and Jesualdo Ferreira were.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the crowd booing coach Júlen Lopetegui during the 3-1 win over Académica, which took them to the top of the table.)


“I found João Afonso crying in the dressing room. He applauded a good decision by the referee and said ‘well done ref’ ... and he got sent off.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Sérgio Conceição after his side won 1-0 at Estoril; João Afonso is now suspended and misses the reception of Benfica on 02 January.)


We forget to talk about more serious things, like the fact that many players are unemployed, and that there are salaries overdue in many teams.”
(Sporting Braga captain Alan, asked about recent refereeing controversies.)


It doesn’t mean that José Mourinho isn’t the best in the world.”
(Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes after the coach was sacked by Chelsea.)


“No excuses ... but facts are facts.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho points to refereeing mistakes as contributing to his side’s exit from the Taça de Portugal, 4-3 at Braga.)


“If knocking Sporting out were an impossible mission, I’d call Tom Cruise.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca ahead of the Fifth Round Cup tie.)


“If we don’t approach this game seriously, we could be surprised.”
(Braga coach Paulo Fonseca on the Europa League tie against Sion, theoretically a lesser team ...)


“I knew that he could miss, and indeed he did.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on letting Slimani take a penalty in the 3-1 win over Moreirense because he wanted the striker to notch up goals in the league’s top-scorer table; he followed up to score after the ‘keeper stopped the penalty.)


“Portugal are without doubt a fantastic team.”
(Hungary coach Bernd Storck after they were drawn in Portugal’s Euro 2016 group, along with Iceland and Austria.)


“I didn’t really want to talk about the match officials. I wouldn’t want them to talk about me.”
(New Boavista coach Erwin Sánchez after a dubious penalty and a penalty not given in the
1-1 draw with Estoril.)


“We’re not here to see the tulips!”
(Sporting Braga coach Paulo Fonseca ahead of their Europa League game against Groningen, which they drew 0-0 to top the group.)


“I hope to go to work tomorrow with the same strength and ambition.”
FC Porto coach Júlen Lopetegui after his side whimpered out of the Champions League with a 0-2 defeat at Chelsea.)


“We want to make history in England.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of the crunch CL game at Chelsea that they had to win ... [they lost 0-2 and were knocked out of the Champions League.])


“Bruno de Carvalho is a lizard who’ll never get to be an alligator.”
(Marítimo president Carlos Pereira on his Sporting counterpart.)


“Goals are worth a lot of money, and Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are expensive.”
(Fabiano Soares, coach of Estoril, 10 goals in 12 games.)


“We didn’t expect to be in this position at this time.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of top club Sporting.)


“It wasn’t us that turned the loudspeakers on.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieiria has a dig at his Sporting counterpart Bruno de Carvalho, amidst growing bad-feeling between the clubs.)


“Ronaldo doesn’t deserve to be among the Golden Ball finalists.”
(Barcelona full-back Dani Alves)


“Luck? No - the culture of champions..”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after his side beat Belenenses with an added-time penalty.)


“Renato Sanches wasn’t in the starting line-up because I like dreadlocks but because he has quality.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the club’s new young ace.)


“As much as I like Boavista, I also like myself.”
(Petit resigns as Boavista coach, citing personal reasons.)


“We’re the only team in Europe that hasn’t been awarded a penalty.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui takes a swipe at referees.)


“If I have to put the ‘B’ Team out against Besiktas, I will.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on upcoming fixture congestion)


“We’ve taken a giant step towards finishing top of the group.”
(Portugal U-21 coach Rui Jorge after beating Israel 3-0 for their fifth straight win in EURO 2017 qualifying.)


“See you soon, Mr Spike. You’ll always be with us. I’ll never forget you, my baby.”
(Benfica’s Argentinian forward Eduardo Sálvio takes to social media to mourn his dog.)


“One club [Benfica] has 6.5m fans, the other [Sporting] has 3.5m. If that makes 10m, then it’s the whole population and we don’t have any fans.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.)


“The tension on and off the pitch caused our team to lose concentration for a moment.”
(Arouca assistant coach Neca after a turbulent last few minutes of the home game against Sporting, culminating in Slimani giving Sporting the three points on the stroke of full time.)


“This isn’t like yoghurts - on the 29th it’s within the sell-by date and after midnight it’s past it.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked why Raúl Jimenez is taking so long to settle in.)


“I heard that Luisão was finished.”
(Benfica captain Luisão hits back at critics; he scored the winner, 2-1, in the CL game against Galatasaray.)


“We have to have a perfect night.”
(Benfica captain Luisão ahead of the Champions League tie against Galatasaray. Benfica won 2-1.)


“Maybe for others Messi is the best. In my head, it’s me.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo)


“We will never give up!”
(Benfica forward Gonçalo Guedes; Benfica are 8th, eight points off the pace.)


What we have to do is react like champions do.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-3 home defeat to local rivals Sporting CP.)


“It was an atypical game”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-3 home defeat to local rivals Sporting CP.)


“We’re entitled to think about the European title.”
(FPF director João Vieira Pinto)


“It was the present that I wanted for my birthday.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos, 61 this week, on Portugal winning their seventh Euro group game in a row, 2-1 in Serbia)


“We’re not favourites - we’re candidates.”
(National team coach Fernando Santos after Portugal qualify for Euro 2016.)


“We’re not going to accept that Carrillo be treated as a slave or merchandise. He’s an employee!”
(Juan Baldovino, of the Peruvian Players’ Union, on the Sporting/Carrillo dispute.)


“The draw is actualy enough but we want to win.”
(Portugal midfielder João Moutinho ahead of the crunch EURO qualifier against Denmark.)

“The guy’s sick - I’ve never seen anyone train like him.”
(Former Portugal international Deco on Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“Our heads dropped and we got a bit tired, too.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after the 4-0 drubbing at FC Porto.)


“It’s the worst moment of my career.”
(José Mourinho on Chelsea’s bad form.)


“We had some funny refereeing.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto points a finger at Macedonian ref Stavrev after losing 0-4 at home to Fiorentina in the Europa League.)


“It was a night à Benfica.”
(Coach Rui Vitória, proud of his side’s 2-1 CL win at Atlético Madrid.)


“Maybe they’re already in Madrid for Benfica’s game tomorrow.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa finds it strange that there were no Portuguese Football Federation representatives to see the team’s excellent 2-1 CL win over Chelsea.)


“This team are going to turn things around.”
(Académica’s new coach Filipe Gouveia optimistic after their 6th defeat in the first six games, 1-0 at Rio Ave.)


“Sporting Braga lament the savage and cowardly acts of people who disgrace Vitória SC and the city of Guimarães.”
(Press release from Sporting Braga after their fans’ coaches were pelted with stones by Vitória fans following Braga’s 0-1 win.)


“You don’t have to be humble to be a ref - you need to have an ego the size of the world.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, unhappy at ref Artur Soares Dias’ handling of Boavista 0-0 Sporting.)


“But who are we playing against tomorrow? Carrillo or Boavista?”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus gets fed up with questions about the Peruvian winger, in dispute with the club.)


“Our chances are 0.01 per cent.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal ahead of the match against FC Porto.)
[The game finished Moreirense 2-2 FC Porto]


“Today it needed more than Sporting for Nacional to leave here defeated.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado takes a dig at the referee after his side go down 1-0 at Alvalade.)


“We made many more mistakes in this game than the referee.”
(Marítimo coach Ivo Vieira refuses to blame the ref for the 5-1 defeat at Braga.)


“There’s a long way to go for everybody.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after the 1-0 win over Benfica.)


“We responded fantastically well after the accident in the last game.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after his side drew 0-0 at Lech Poznan in the Europa League - an improvement on the 0-6 against Benfica.)


“I knew the team wouldn’t be as good as it’s been.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after making a lot of changes for the Europa League home game vs Lokomotiv ... and losing 1-3.)


For me, the ideal scenario would be to have Mourinho training Liverpool.”
(Former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard.)


“Académica played by far their best football of the season so far.”
(Coach José Viterbo after Os Estudantes, bottom of the Liga, went down 2-0 at Nacional.)


“We’re building a good team that’s going to win titles.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after the 3-1 win at Arouca.)


“We had a bad day.”
(Belenenses coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after his side went down 6-0 at Benfica.)


“I hope the fans like my style.”
(Benfica striker Nélson Oliveira, on loan to Nottingham Forest.)


“The pause in the league was important to tighten some screws.”
(Benfica central defender Jardel.)


“Let’s take it easy with the celebrations.”
(Ricardo Quaresma advises caution after Portugal move a step closer to EURO 2016 qualfication with a 1-0 win in Albania.)


“The first good generation that came out of Seixal was burned.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira on the club’s youth scheme.)


“I want to be where they want me and where I feel happy.”
(Midfielder Pedro Tiba, slightly embittered, who has moved from Sporting Braga to Valladolid on loan.)


“I’m very happy to be here. It was a dream to play in England.”
(Benfica’s Dutch winger Ola John is loaned out to ... Reading FC.)


“I’m happy at FC Porto - I think you can see it in my face.”
(Porto’s Spanish international ‘keeper Iker Casillas.)


“Two penalties not given in Lisbon, a goal scored with the hand and a good goal disallowed. Even a blind man could see it.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus still unhappy about the refereeing in the CL play-off against CSKA Moscow.)


“We shouldn’t have been here today but yesterday.”
(Sporting director of football Octávio Machado bemoans the fact that the club was in the draw for the Europa League, not the Champions League.)


“Whoever intervenes in the game and steals has to be arrested.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho aims at the ref as Sporting fail to qualify for the Champions League after losing at CSKA)


“I only knew we were top when I got home.”
(Arouca ‘keeper Bracali after beating Benfica and going top.)


“The Eagle is confused.”
(A Bola’s front page after Benfica [‘The Eagles’] lost 1-0 at Arouca.)


“Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after constant whistling from Sporting Gijon fans.)


“I scored against Casillas!”
(Marítimo’s Edgar Costa after their 1-1 draw with FC Porto in Madeira.)


“The tie’s open - anything can happen.”
(Sporting striker Téo Gutiérrez after the 2-1 home win over CSKA in the first leg of the CL play-off.)


“There was no chemistry between me and the coach.”
(French central defender Michael Ciani moves away from Sporting - and coach Jorge Jesus - just weeks after arriving.)


“What’s scheduled for Zürich is not an election.”
(Luís Figo on the 29/05 election for FIFA president.)


“There were 11 puppets on the pitch.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Bruno Ribeiro after his side go down 0-5 at Braga.)


“I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders to the devil, then go on stage and compare those same people with Jesus Christ.”
(Luís Figo walks away from the FIFA presidency race.)


“I carry Sporting in my heart.”
(Nani on ending his loan spell at the club.)


“These players deserve it for their 11 months of work.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after they clinch the title.)

“Congratulations to all those who helped Benfica win the championship.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetgui.)


“These players deserved a different result.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Rui Vitória after Nacional 2-2 Vitória.)

“The fairest result would have been 5-2.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado after the same game.)


“I’m optimistic about my chances.”
(Luís Figo ahead of the elections for FIFA President.)


“This group has given everything it has ... and what it doesn’t have.”
(Rio Ave coach Pedro Martins after the 3-1 win at Belenenses; it’s been a long season for his team.)


“Are we going to renew with Petit? The answer to that question is obvious.”
(Boavista president João Loureiro on coach Petit after the team guarantee their Primeira Liga status.)

“The chances of staying up are very slim - like the Euromillions.”
(Carlos Brito, coach of bottom club Penafiel.)


“We’re top because we’re the best.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus.)


“Lopetegui? I only get names wrong when I want to.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on the on-going controversy about his playing with the FC Porto coach’s name.)


“Lopetegui lost his head because he felt he’d lost the championship.”
(Former FC Porto player António Sousa after the FCP coach was involved in a tussle with his opposite number Jorge Jesus following Benfica 0-0 FC Porto, which left Benfica close to the title.)


“FC Porto were the only team that played to win.”
(Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his team drew 0-0 at Benfica.)


“It was no fun at all.”
(FC Porto’s Dutch defender Martins Indi after FCP went down 1-6 at Bayern.)


“I’d never advise a player to take injections.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, responding to Bayern’s Guardiola, who accused FCP striker Jackson Martínez of doing just that for their CL quarter-final first leg.)


“Boavista are a pleasant surprise.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva praises their opponents ahead of the Liga game.)


“We have the best coaches in the world.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus)


“Referee Carlos Xistra did an excellent job.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on the Marítimo 2-1 FC Porto Taça da Liga game, after which Porto coach Julen Lopetegui criticised the ref.)


“Doing cute stuff is not enough.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 0-2 defeat to Cape Verde.)


“Our objective is to stay up, and that’s been guaranteed for ages.”
(Belenenses coach Lito Vidigal after his team went down 0-1 at home to Paços.)


“It’s not a day for maths.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui, asked if Porto can make up the four-point deficit to Benfica, after FCP beat Sporting 3-0.)


“I don’t want to be part of the problem.”
(Estoril coach José Couceiro after his side go down 0-6 at Benfica.)


“Referees are always the excuse for the failure of those who didn’t have a good team or the best coach.”
(Former FC Porto ‘keeper Vítor Baía.)


(Front-page headline of sports daily O Jogo following Nani’s wonder goal for Sporting against Gil Vicente.)


“Ronaldo’s problem is that he’s spoiled us.”
(Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.)


“The game ended on 60 minutes.”
(Moreirense coach Miguel Leal on the red card, with the score at 1-1, that made it easier for Benfica to go on and win 1-3.)


“I cried before going on.”
(Sporting midfielder William Carvalho on his debut in August 2013.)


“God is great! Justice has been done!”
(Young Benfica winger Sancidino Silva, cleared in England of rape.)


“The referee was on target.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after three key players see a yellow card against Vitória de Gumarães and miss next week’s derby at Boavista.)


“We were sitting on top of happiness and we couldn’t take advantage of it.”
(Penafiel coach Rui Quinta after they let a 1-0 lead slip in the dying minutes at Paços de Ferreira.)


“I consider that Paços de Ferreira enrich Portuguese football.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his side thrashed Paços 5-0.)


“This game is a part of our growth.”
(Boavista coach Petit after his team went down 0-3 at Benfica.)


"I look at FIFA's reputation at this moment and I don't like what I see."
(Luís Figo announces that he’ll run for the FIFA presidency.)


“We haven’t thrown the towel in.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after his team go down 1-0 at Marítimo.)


“I’m happy and proud to be a part of the history of the club.”
(Captain Luisão on completing his 440th game for Benfica, equalling Eusébio.)


“I’m not from another planet.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, after Real went out of the Copa del Rei against Atlético.)


“I didn’t offend anyone!”
(Sporting Braga coach Sérgio Conceição, ordered from the bench during Braga’s 0-1
home defeat to Sporting.)


“Mourinho is a genius.”
(Thierry Henry)


“I hope one day to be part of this club’s history again.”
(Zenit coach André Villas Boas, formerly of FC Porto.)


“It’s an award for the whole of the African continent.”
(FC Porto’s Algerian forward Yacine Brahimi after being named the BBC African
Player of the Year.)


“It seems like I’m dreaming!”
(Benfica’s Anderson Talisca after being called up to the Brazil squad.)


“We scored two goals, more than enough to win.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva claims a disallowed second goal in their 1-1 home draw with Paços.)


“Sporting out of the race? It’s November, for the love of God.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui on Sporting falling eight points off the pace.)


“We don’t give each other many kisses or pats on the back.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui on the team’s concentration ahead of the next match against Estoril.)


“You can’t criticise these players.”
(Rio Ave manager Pedro Martins, after his side drew 2-2 at home to Moscow Dynamo.)


“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel - before the game it was all turned off.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 CL win over Mónaco.)


“There’s always a first time.”
(Mónaco’s Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim ahead of his team’s visit to Benfica’s Luz, where he’s never won as a manager.) [and he didn’t this time, either: Benfica 1-0 Mónaco]


“Terrible exhibitions which did not dignify our club.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after the B team go down 0-5 at Atlético, following the A team’s 0-3 defeat at Guimarães.)


“Let that be a lesson to us.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva after poor defending led to a 0-3 defeat at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“Half a dozen eagles continue to eat ten million ducks.”
(Nacional coach Manuel Machado conflates Portugal’s situation with that of the Big Three.)


“Some of those nominated have done less than me.”
(Benfica's Jorge Jesus, referring to FIFA's short-list for Coach of the Year.)


“The Liga doesn’t belong to the president but the clubs.”
(Luís Duque, voted in as new president of the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional.)


“I didn’t notice the handkerchiefs.”
(Estoril coach José Couceiro, contested after another defeat.)


“We have to fight till the last drop of blood.”
(Sporting Braga forward Rafa ahead of their Liga game against Benfica.)


 “In World Cup years, the winner of the Ballon d’Or should be someone who
shone at the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t shine, Portugal didn’t shine.”
(UEFA president Michel Platini on CR’s chances of winning the Ballon d’Or this year.)


“This team is under pressure from when they wake up until they go to sleep.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after FCP lose 1-3 at home to Sporting in the Taça.)


“I missed playing with Quaresma.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, scorer of the winner against Denmark in the Euro 2016 qualifier, from a cross by Quaresma.)


“If we play like that against Denmark, we’re convinced we’ll win.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-2 defeat against France.)


“The players don’t all have to be friends with each other.”
(National coach Fernando Santos)


Portugal are guaranteed to get through with this system of qualification.”
(Former Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz, optimisitic about the Seleção’s Euro 2016 chances.)


“Hearing 40 thousand chanting my name is a moment to remember.”
(Benfica forward Talisca, who scored the first of Benfica’s goals in a 4-0 home win over Arouca.)


“We lasted 70 minutes.”
(Penafiel coach Rui Quinta after Sporting scored four in the last twenty minutes to win 4-0.)


“Dreams feed life.”
(Estoril coach José Couceiro after the 2-0 Europa League home win against Panathinaikos.)


“A Europa League Final is better than getting to the quarter-finals of the Champions League”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after a second straight defeat in the CL: 1-3 at Leverkusen.)


“Rui Patrício wanted to ruin my evening!”
(Chelsea coach José Mourinho on Sporting’s ‘keeper, after he’d kept the score to 0-1 in their CL meeting.)


“My criterion is to look for those who best serve the team at a given moment and who are the fittest.”
(New national team coach Fernando Santos on selecting his squads.)


“I hope the moaning about the refereeing doesn’t bear fruit in the future.”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva, in response to FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui - unhappy about a penalty not given in Sporting 1-1 FC Porto.)


“It’s better to be first than second.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus)


“We’re growing day by day.”
(Boavista coach Petit after drawing 0-0 at FC Porto.)


“We need a victory with some urgency”
(Sporting coach Marco Silva - they won their next game 4-0 at Gil Vicente.)


“Jorge Mendes never at any moment had any type of interference [in the Seleção]”
(Former National Team coach Paulo Bento)


“Sadly, people have a short memory ... but football’s like that.”
(Miguel Veloso defends former national team coach Paulo Bento.)


“We're moderately satisfied.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui after a 6-0 hammering of BATE Borisov in the Champions League.)

"I played for Benfica's greatest rivals [FC Porto], but that doesn't mean that I hate Benfica."
(Zenit's former FCP forward Hulk after a fantastic display by him and a 2-0 win for his team at the Luz in the Champions League).


“They knew Talisca as well as I know D’Artagnan.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus responds to José Mourinho, who says that the Benfica
player was being tracked by many European clubs before he went to the Luz.)


“With you on your feet and in your heart.”
(Ana Paula, wife of Benfica’s hat-trick hero Talisca in their 5-0 win at Setúbal, on Instagram. He wore boots with her name on them.)


If a person loves what he does, he doesn’t lose his hair. But look at Guardiola …”
(José Mourinho)


“If Guardiola is Mozart, Mourinho is Salieri.”
(Former Argentina international Jorge Valdano in his book ‘The 11 Powers of a Leader’)


It’s difficult to turn over the World Cup page because the media are always talking about it.”
(Portugal defender Pepe after the shock 0-1 home defeat to Albania.)


“We made a lot of mistakes. It could have been much better.”
(Coach Giovanni de Biasi after Albania’s historic 1-0 win against Portugal.)

“The game didn’t go well for us in terms of the result.”
(Portugal coach Paulo Bento after Portugal’s 0-1 defeat to Albania.)


“We have the obligation to be better than Albania.”
(Portugal coach Paulo Bento ahead of the opening Euro 2016 qualifier.)


“Do I appreciate Pinto da Costa? No, in fact I don’t.”
(Sporting president Bruno Carvalho on his FC Porto counterpart.)

“I’m very lucky to have changed clubs.”
(Midfielder André Gomes, who swapped Benfica for Valência and got the call-up to the Seleção for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania.)

“Cristiano Ronaldo is my biggest idol - I love to imitate him.”
(Galatasaray winger Bruma.)


“I came back to Sporting to be happy.”
(Nani, returning home from Manchester United.)

“The World Cup wounded us ... but it didn’t kill us.”
(Nani, ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier with Albania.)


“I want to smile again.”
(Portuguese international striker Hélder Postiga, signing for Spanish side Deportivo La Coruña.)

“It’s difficult to find top players in Portugal.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on why the Seleção never win anything.)

“We owe the fans a good season.”
(FC Porto full back Alex Sandro.)


“The team’s under construction.”
(Coach Petit after Boavista’s third straight defeat, with no goals scored.)


“We’re used to winning - especially against Sporting.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the Lisbon Derby, which finished 1-1.)


“José Mourinho changed the mentality of coaches in Portugal.”
(Marco Silv
a, coach of Sporting - who meet Chelsea in the Champions League group stage.)


“It was the most accurate mis-hit of my career”
(Rio Ave forward Esmael, whose winner against Elfsborg put Rio Ave into Europe for the first time in the club’s history.)


“In my head, I’m the best.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, asked to compare himself to Messi, just for a change.)


“We’ll have to be perfect.”
(FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Lille. [It ended 2-0, 3-0 on aggregate; FCP qualified for the CL Group stage.])


“We wore our overalls.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after a hard-fought 1-0 league win at Boavista.)


“Friends, Porto is my club, this is my home.”
(Ricardo Quaresma tries to pour water on speculation that he’s unhappy at being left out of the squad for Paços de Ferreira.)





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