quotes - 2014



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“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 Silva, 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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