quotes - 2016



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“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.)






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