quotes - 2017



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“I want everyone to know that we can walk with our heads held high.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, responding to accusations of corruption that the club is facing.)


“Portuguese football isn’t three clubs.”
(Belenenses president Rui Pedro Soares.)


“I’m fascinated by the human species, by the cosmos, atoms, human existence.”
(FC Porto striker Aboubakar.)


“When we lost 0-4 to Porto last season, we weren’t accused of anything.”
(Tondela coach Pepa after accusations that his team made it easy for Benfica in the 1-5 Liga home defeat.)


“You have to be brave to play at the Dragão.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso after playing bravely... and losing 3-0 at FC Porto in the Taça da Liga.)


“We had the game practically under control, but that’s life.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after drawing at home to Portimonense in the Taça da Liga, a result that jeopardizes SLB’s chances of qualifying from their group.)


“We have to keep up this war.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the saga of Benfica’s e-mails, allegedly seeking refereeing favours.)


“Off the pitch, Portuguese football is disgusting.”
(Sheffield Wednesday’s Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal.)


“Best attack, best defence, best team.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication, Francisco Marques, after the 3-1 win over Marítimo.)


“It seemed like we were playing billiards.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-0 win over Portimonense.)


“We’ve had some mental imbalance during games.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória.)


“Our failure in recent seasons can be explained by the irregular control, on the edge of the law and regulations, that Benfica has over football.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the growing scandal of Benfica’s alleged behind-the-scenes influencing of referees, etc.)


“We believe that this could be Sporting’s year.”
(Sporting full back Cristiano Piccini.)


“People are free to think what they like. But tomorrow I’ll get up and, with much dedication, go to work.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after being knocked out of the Taça de Portugal by Rio Ave.)


“We’re talking about tactics worthy of the Mafia.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on alleged behind-the-scenes shenanigans by Benfica.)


“It’s in games like these that you win championships.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 5-0 win at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“It was one of my worst games, but I scored two.”
(Dutch striker Bas Dost, who helped Sporting to a 3-1 win at Boavista.)


“We’re not going to hide behind a curtain.”
(Estoril coach Ivo Vieira ahead of the visit to Benfica.) [Benfica would win 3-1]


“Everything’s possible when the will to win is greater than any obstacle.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after Braga qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League as top of their group.)


“We’re still dreaming, but the main objective is to be champions.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after clinching qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.)


“This game was a mirror image of the rest of the campaign, and the responsibility is mine.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 0-2 home defeat to Basel in the last CL group game; SLB lost all six of their games in this phase, scoring just one goal.)


“If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t be here.”
(Ivo Vieira, coach of Estoril, after the 0-0 draw at home to Portimonense which keeps Estoril at the bottom of the table.)


“We’re ready and have our feet firmly on the ground.”
(Ivo Vieira, coach of Estoril - planted firmly at the foot of the table - ahead of the game against Portimonense.)


“Football is possible in the middle of so much confusion.”
(An official facebook post by Rio Ave; Tondela and Rio Ave appeared together at the press conference after the teams drew 1-1.)


“We’re going to be champions, against everything and everyone.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after controversial refereeing decisions in the 0-0 draw at home to Benfica, allowing Sporting to draw level with them.)


“The tentacles of this octopus are being rapidly uncovered.”)
(Sporting’s Director of Communication Nuno Saraiva on Benfica’s alleged interference with processes held by the Sports Tribunal.)


“It’s almost like ‘anything goes’ with the VAR.”)
(Paços de Ferreira president Paulo Meneses after the referee failed to check the video ref’s decision for Sporting’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Paços.)


“I’ll never be part of the problem but part of the solution.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 6-0 defeat at Benfica.)


“What was missing? The referee giving us a penalty!”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after his team dropped two points at Desportivo das Aves.)


“The referees should identify who it is that’s threatening them. We feel offended by this generic accusation.”
(Belenenses president Rui Pedro Soares, responding to complaints from match officials about aggressive criticism.)


“Benfica have to talk about something, even if it’s the Spanish civil war. Do you think they can talk about football?”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, asked about Benfica’s accusation that FCP have tried to influence referees; Benfica have zero wins from five games in the Champions League.)


“FC Porto were unlucky.”
(Vitória de Guimarães vice-president Armando Marques on the draw for the 5th Round of the Taça de Portugal: VSC travel to the Dragão.)


“We can go through [in the CL], and you talk to me about a TV channel that I don’t watch, belonging to a team that has zero points in the Champions League?”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, asked about accusations directed at FCP by Benfica’s own TV channel, BTV.)


“They’re terrified of my posts.”
(Sporting’s controversial president Bruno de Carvalho, on his facebook activity.)


“There are 40 that could be called up, and only one’s certain.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos on the players he’ll be taking to Russia for next year’s World Cup.)


“Of course I like to drink a whisky, smoke a cigarette and dedicate myself to rock’n’roll, but not all my days are like that.”
(Retired Argentinian striker Dani Osvaldo, who had half a season - 2015/16 - at FC Porto.)


“We can’t have this behaviour - it’s unacceptable.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after losing 1-4 at home to second-tier Oliveirense in the Taça da Liga.)


“The interview I saw was given by a perfect idiot.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on an interview given to Benfica TV by his Benfica counterpart, Luís Filipe Vieira.)


“You may want a championship between three clubs, but you’re going to have to count us in.”
(Sporting Braga president António Salvador to the press after the 2-2 draw at Sporting.)


“Today I could have been worth more than 100 or 150 million euros.”
(Former Benfica striker Pedro Mantorras, 35, who had to give up his career early through injury.)


“I’m going to talk to the Board.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 1-0 home defeat to Desportivo das Aves, leaving them provisionally 13th.)


“It was a European night like we haven’t seen for a long time.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after the 1-0 win over Marseille in the Europa League.)


“It’s inadmissible that we have to play on Saturday!.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after a tough CL game against Leipzig [3-1] , with less than 72 hours to recover before Belenenses in the Liga.)


“We have a door open in both the Champions League and the Europa League.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after another CL defeat, 2-1 at Manchester United; Benfica have scored one goal and lost all four group games so far.)


“They’re leaving here with nothing!”
(Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, asked what if Juventus knock on the door at Alvalade [CL] and say ‘trick or treat’.) [Sporting and Juventus drew 1-1]


“Anyone who sees a second half like that is going to change channels.”
(Estoril caretaker coach Filipe Pedro after the 1-0 defeat at Paços de Ferreira, riddled with


“I can’t make a woman give birth at five months.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado on his young team after another defeat - 3-0 at Belenenses - that keeps them struggling at the bottom of the table.)


“That’s how champions are made.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after a late goal by Bas Dost gives Sporting a slender win at Rio Ave.)


“I pay attention to all details and today there were things I didn’t like.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after drawing 0-0 in the Taça da Liga, at home to second-tier club Leixões.)


“I’m not competing with Messi.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after winning his 5th FIFA Player of the Year award.)


“We lost more than three points.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after losing 5-1 at Sporting.)


“We started the second half without ghosts.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after coming from behind to beat high-flying Marítimo 2-1.)


“If he had a boyish face and spots they’d forgive him.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on keeper José Sá, who fluffed for Leipzig’s opener in the CL Tuesday; the next night, Benfica’s 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar fluffed for Man United’s winner.)


“We have a creativity all our own that allows us to achieve historic results.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after a 2-1 defeat at Marseille, leaving VSC with just one point from three Europa League group games.)


“I’m mentally prepared for this.”
(Benfica 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar - the youngest in CL history - after a howler that gave Manchester United all three points at the Luz.)


“Casillas on the bench was a technical option.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 3-2 Champions League defeat at Leipzig; keeper José Sá was at fault for Leipzig’s opening goal.)


“If they feel I’m the right person, I’ll carry on here.”
(Estoril coach Pedro Emanuel after the 7th straight defeat in all competitions, this time in the Taça de Portugal at 3rd-tier Farense.)


“I didn’t feel there was a big difference between the sides.”
(Jefferson Encada, winger of 3rd-tier Olhanense, after the 0-1 defeat to Benfica in the Taça de Portual.)


“Hernâni didn’t celebrate the goal because he was very tired.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on his winger’s back-heeled goal to seal a 6-0 Cup win over Lusitano.)


“They can say that artificial pitches are the latest generation, but grass is grass and plastic is plastic.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after playing on Oleiros’ artificial pitch in the Taça de Portugal 3rd round, which finished 2-4.)


“The day after, it’s like the players have been hit with a stick.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on playing on an artificial pitch, ahead of the visit to Oleiros in the Taça de Portugal.)


“I’ll go to the end of the world with this team.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after clinching qualification for the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland.)


“We’re going through directly.”
(Seleção centre back Luís Neto on qualification for the World Cup finals, before Portugal’s decisive qualifier against Switzerland.)
[And they did, beating Switzerland 2-0 on 10/10/17]


“On Tuesday we have to win or win.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Portugal’s decisive World Cup qualifier against Switzerland.)


“Every coach’s job is at risk.”
(Estoril coach Pedro Emanuel after a 5th straight defeat - 6-0 at Braga.)


“I told my players that we’re going to be Champions.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 0-0 draw at Sporting, keeping FCP top.)


“We played against a team that didn’t want to.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso after the 2-1 defeat of Vitória de Setúbal.)


“We’ve never bought a f*cking result!”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, responding to rumours brought about by leaked e-mails.)


“First go and vote, and then watch the clássico.”
(FC Porto midfielder Danilo ahead of the Sporting v FCP clash on Sunday, the day of the municipal elections.)


“We don’t want to be seen as a half-empty glass.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso.)


“We’re not going to bury our heads in the sand.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 5-0 Champions League drubbing at Basel.)


“It’s normal that no one looks upon us as favourites.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the Champions League game at home to Barcelona.)


“I liked the draw because it’s good to play against a team you know.”
(Former FC Porto midfielder João Moutinho, now at Mónaco, ahead of the Champions League clash between the two sides.)
[probably not so happy after the result: 0-3]


“This is football, not ping-pong.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after having centre-back Zainadine sent off for arguing with an opponent in the 2-1 defeat at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“The decisions of the match officials always went one way.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado, after the 1-1 home draw with Sporting, whose equaliser was preceded by a foul that that ref didn’t give.)


“The team spirit is top, top, top!”
(FC Porto forward Yacine Brahimi after the 5-2 win over Portimonense, in which he scored two goals.)


“I heard more applause than whistling.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-1 home draw against Braga in the Taça da Liga.)


“We took one step back and three forwards.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after drawing 0-0 at home to Marítimo in the Taça da Liga, but getting the opportunity to field some less-used players.)


“Today the football had logic.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after a good performance gave the right result over Moreirense [3-0].)


“We don’t tiptoe around.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-1 win at Rio Ave that kept them top.)


“You don’t lose the title of tetracampeão overnight.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after losing 2-1 at Boavista.)


“I’ve got a team that’s completely destroyed.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after losing 1-0 at Paços de Ferreira; Vitória had a goal - the ball seemed in - not given.)


“Physically we gave everything ... and then some.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after their 1-1 draw with Salzburg in the Europa League.)


“It was the worst 90 minutes of my career.”
(Besiktas’ Ricardo Quaresma, returning to the Dragão, after his side beat FC Porto 3-1 in the Champions League.)


“The result is not a true one.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-2 defeat at home to CSKA in the first Champions League group fixture.)


“When I got home, the real prize was having my family waiting for me.”
(Benfica defender André Almeida, who scored the winning goal against Portimonense at the weekend.)


“Anyone who’s frightened of pressure should buy a saucepan.”
(Boavista coach Miguel Leal after a fourth defeat from five games.)


“We started the game nervously and were what we aren’t.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Vasco Seabra after going behind 2-0 at Tondela before pulling back to 2-2.)


“Was it a penalty? It was a karate kick!.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the foul on Coates that gave SCP a very late 3-2 win at Feirense.)


“It wouldn’t be easy to fit Neymar in at FC Porto.”
(FCP coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“I’ll forgive him when he apologises to my country.”
(Former Benfica midfielder Rui Costa on referee Marc Batta, who sent him off controversially 20 years ago in a crucial qualifying game against Germany; Portugal failed the 1998 World Cup.)


“Let’s talk again when he scores 1,283 goals.”
(Pelé on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has just overtaken the Brazilian King’s international tally - 77/78.)


“After the sending-off, I don’t know what happened.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, not 100% happy with the performance after the 1-0 win against 10-man Hungary in World Cup qualifying.)


“More is required from the owner of a club than this intellectual pornography.”
(Sporting Director of Communication Nuno Saraiva on West Ham’s owner David Sullivan, after the absence - according to Sporting - of any offer for midfielder William Carvalho.)


“We had four finals, now we have just three.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 5-1 defeat of Faroe Islands in qualifying for the
2018 World Cup.)


“We left last Tuesday and we’ll be arriving tomorrow - a week later.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos on the busy start to the season for the Madeiran club.)


“I believe that in the end we’ll have one more point than the second-placed team.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“That left a sweet and sour taste, given what we did.”
(Rio Ave captain Tarantini after drawing 1-1 at home with champions Benfica.)


“A gifted young player in green, red or blue dismantles everything singlehandedly.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado insists on the inequality between the Big Three and the smaller clubs.)


“Good luck in your European campaigns, FC Porto and Benfica. Let’s make Portugal shine in Europe!”
(Sporting’s Twitter feed on the day of the Champions League group-stage draw; all three clubs are in the group stage.)


“We’re where the best are.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after beating Steaua 5-1 in Bucharest and qualifying for the Champions League group stage.)


“For that not to be a penalty, you’d have to cut the player’s arm off.”
(Vasco Seabra, coach of Paços de Ferreira, beaten by Feirense with a penalty in added time.)


“The little clubs are cannon fodder.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado after losing 3-0 at FC Porto, and after 5-0 wins for Benfica and Sporting.)


“I’m a happy coach.”
(Benfica’s Rui Vitória after a 5-0 romp at home to Belenenses.)


“I’m appalled at the news.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, following the terrorist attack in Barcelona.)


“The leadership won’t go to our heads.”
(Miguel Cardoso, coach of Rio Ave, equal top with Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting after two games.)


“It was so predictable that I’d already suspended myself.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after receiving a 6-month suspension for a tussle in the Alvalade tunnel with the Arouca president, November 2016.)


“Compliments don’t give us points.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after a second straight defeat.)


“I know Vitória de Setúbal and Desportivo das Aves better than Steaua.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the first leg of the Champions League playoff.)


“I’d never played in front of so many people.”
(Vitória de Setúbal’s André Pedrosa after his debut at Sporting.)


“We have a team that’s still fermenting.”
(Moreirense coach Manuel Machado.)


“We’ve got a tight August, but in a good way.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus relishes a busy month in terms of number of games.)


“I didn’t want to start like this.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel takes a dig at the video ref after the 3-1 defeat at Benfica.)


“It doesn’t mean that there won’t still be errors.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on video refs.)


“We have all the conditions now to reach our objectives.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“We have to attack as if every game were the last of our lives.”
(Tondela coach Pepa.)


“Luisão serves as an example to the club’s future players.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the Supertaça win over Vitória de Guimarães, Luisão’s 20th trophy - a club record.)


“We were brave warriors.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel after beating AIK in extra time to qualify for the Europa League play-off.)


“In May, we’re going to be happy.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after a good pre-season augurs well.)


“If it was to build confidence, we wouldn’t be in this tournament.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after losing 2-5 to Arsenal in the Emirates Cup.)


“My time in Spain is over..”
(FC Porto’s Spanish keeper Iker Casillas.)


“At the moment, he’s here.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on Portuguese international midfielder Danilo, object of transfer rumours.)


“I want to keep the promise to be Champions.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“Germany also win without putting on a show.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, reacting to criticism that Portugal do not play attractive football.)


“If I have to bleed, I’ll bleed.”
(Brazilian central defender Bruno Viana on being presented as a Sporting Braga player.)


“I hit the ball and there it was in the back of the net.”
(Midfielder André Sousa after putting Belenenses ahead in the friendly against Sporting [1-1].)


“Portugal will always be a candidate to win the competitions they play in.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal beat Mexico to take third place in the Confederations Cup.)


“Chile were fair winners. Portugal would have been, too.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal went out of the Confederations Cup at
the semi-final stage, losing to Chile on penalties.)


“This club is better than Benfica.”
(Benfica midfielder Bryan Cristante, on loan to Atalanta.)


“Rest assured that this year we’re going to win.”
(Sporting’s Argentinian forward Alan Ruiz.)


“Chile and Germany are tricky opponents, but even if it’s against Germany, it could be this time that they fall ...”
(Seleção midefielder Danilo; Portugal through to the semis of the Confederation Cup to face Chile or Germany.)


“People may not like it, but with me it’s like that.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-0 Confederations Cup win over Russia.)


“There’s no point sounding the alarm - we still believe.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after the 2-2 draw against Mexico in the Seleção’s opening Confederations Cup game.)


“If it’s true, then the last four titles have to be taken away from Benfica.”
(Sporting Director of Communication Nuno Saraiva following FC Porto’s revelation of e-mails pointing to alleged attempts by Benfica to influence referees.)


“He’s a phenomenon, that’s all there is to say about the bloke.”
(José Fonte on Cristiano Ronaldo after he scored two in the Selecão’s 3-0 WC qualifier win in Latvia.)


“When Sérgio Conceição came up, I cut all other contacts.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa on the club’s new coach.)


“On an individual level, I’m very happy with the season I’ve had.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring two in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League Final.)


“It was Benfica that made me a man.”
(Former SLB keeper Ederson, transferred to Manchester City.)


“We began the season winning and we finish winning.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the Taça de Portugal win over Vitória de Guimarães.)


“I couldn’t turn down being coached by Guardiola.”
(Bernardo Silva, transferred from Mónaco to Manchester City.)


“Nuno Espírito Santo didn’t deserve the way it ended.”
(FC Porto midfielder Otávio on NES, sacked this week.)


“It’s time to sit down and talk to seek the best solution for all.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after a 3-1 defeat to Moreirense at the end of a disappointing season.)
[he was sacked 22/05]


“This is the recipe of Champions: to look within.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the last game of the season: a 2-2 draw at Boavista.)


“The time has come to abandon Facebook.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, who has used the social media site to spread his ideas.)


“I’m a bit sad but content with the career I’ve had.”
(Vitória de Setúbal’s retiring striker Meyong, who said goodbye to the Estádio do Bonfim with a 0-1 defeat to Boavista.)


“It was important for us to win a title again, but we failed. Congratulations to the Champions.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo.)


“Our name is going to go down in history.”
(Benfica keeper Ederson after beating Vitória de Guimarães 5-0 to clinch the title, SLB’s fourth in a row - the tetra.)


“I hope they’re champions and that they’re still celebrating when we play them in the Taça de Portugal Final on 28 May”
(Zungu of Vitória de Guimarães, who play Benfica in the penultimate Liga game - which could clinch the title for SLB - and then again in the Taça Final.)
[Benfica’s title clinched 13/05/17 with a 5-0 win over Vitória de Guimarães]


“We can only celebrate the tetra [4 straight titles] when it’s mathematically impossible for anyone [FC Porto] to catch us.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira ahead of the home match against Vitória de Guimarães, which could clinch the title.)
[title clinched 13/05/17 with a 5-0 win over Vitória de Guimarães]


“It was a depressing game - Sporting are not this.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after the 1-3 home defeat to Belenenses.)


“A disappointing result.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo after dropping two points at Marítimo and virtually handing Benfica the title.)


“I don’t know if it’s the francesinhas [spicy sandwiches], the codfish or the port wine, but the truth is I’m feeling very good.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas, enjoying one of the best seasons of his career.)


“This is a perverted league. This classification is a lie.”
(Sporting Braga president António Salvador after the 2-3 home defeat to Sporting; Braga are 5th, 8 points behind arch rivals Vitória de Guimarães.)


“I always said it would be a fight till the last day.”
(FC Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo; Porto trail Benfica by three points, with three games left.)


“Is nobody looking at this? We have to stop thinking and start acting.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the state of tension in the Portuguese game.)


“At Sporting I’m trying to create a culture of champions.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“We have the quality to fill the [senior] team with youngsters.”
(Benfica’s Nuno Gomes after the U-19s lost to Salzburg in the UEFA Youth Cup Final.)


“He’s a coward, hostage to illegal ultras.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on his Benfica counterpart, Luís Filipe Vieira, following an incident in which a Sporting fan died.)


“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.)






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