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“SLB hereby announce that the club has reached an agreement in principle with coach Rui Vitória with a view to terminating his contract with immediate effect.”
(Benfica press release.)


“There are more important things in life than football.”
(Sporting coach Marcel Keizer.)


“The fans aren’t going to the Aliados [the Porto square where FCP’s titles are celebrated] to celebrate a 17th victory.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after getting a 17th straight win to beat the club record.)


“We’ve managed better.”
(Sporting coach Marcel Keizer after the 4-1 win over Feirense that puts them into the Final Four of the Taça da Liga.)


“If we’d needed to win, we would have had a different approach.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the scraped 1-1 draw at Aves that puts them into the Final Four of the Taça da Liga.)


“These games do us good.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 6-2 defeat to Benfica.)


“We’re alive! We’re alive!”
(Boavista coach Jorge Simão, avoiding commenting on the ref after the 2-1 defeat at Moreirense.)


“An incomprehensible decision.”
(A Sporting statement after Benfica were cleared of accusations of corruption in the so-called e-toupeira [‘e-mole’] investigation.)


“We could have been better.”
(Sporting coach Marcel Keizer after beating Rio Ave 5-2 in the Taça de Portugal; SCP have 7 wins from 7 under the Dutchman, with an average of over 4 goals a game!)


“In seven days we had three games and did seven thousand kilometres.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after making hard work of it to beat Moreirense 4-3 in the Taça de Portugal 5th round.)


“We were quite lucky in the draw, but we can’t underestimate them.”
(Former Roma legend Franceso Totti on being drawn against FC Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League.)


“Now THIS is football.”
(Sporting coach Marcel Keizer after the 5-2 win over Nacional.)


“The team that ran more won.”
(FC Porto striker Tiquinho Soares after the 2-1 win at Santa Clara that kept his side clear top.)


“What’s hardest for me is not who’s going to play but who I’m going to leave out.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 4-0 drubbing of lowly Feirense that takes them equal top with FC Porto.)


“Conceding is not a problem when you score a lot.”
(Coach Marcel Keizer after Sporting beat Vorskla 3-0 in the Europa League, his 5th win from 5 and the first without conceding goals.)


“If you ask me whether it was brilliant ... it wasn’t.”
(Coach Rui Vitória after Benfica beat AEK 1-0 in their final Champions League group game.)


“It’s been many years.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas after the 3-2 win at Galatasaray makes it 100 wins in the Champions League for him.)


“We lacked the confidence that we don’t have.”
(Feirense coach Nuno Manta Santos after conceding in the 95th minute at home to Marítimo and dropping two points.)


“Aves played like Barcelona.”
(Sporting striker Bas Dost on the first half against lowly Aves; the game finished 4-1 to Sporting.)


“We live in Setúbal - a land of fisherfolk, men, machos ... and we have to adapt to the culture of the city.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Lito Vidigal after Benfica’s Rui Vitória complained about their hard play in the 1-0 SLB win.)


“I’d be the happiest man in the world.”
(Portimonense’s Colombian striker Jackson Martínez, asked if he’d like to return to FC Porto.)


“I thought ‘What are you doing?!’ ”
(Sporting striker Bas Dost on team-mate Jovane Cabral as he set himself to score a wonder goal in the 3-1 win at Rio Ave.)


“The fine for Sérgio Conceição is the total discrediting of Portuguese football.”
(Benfica’s Director of Communication, Luís Bernardo, after the FC Porto coach was fined just 765 euros for being sent off against Boavista on Sunday.)


“Cristiano is the best player in the world - for those who understand football, of course.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister Kátia Aveiro disagrees with Luka Modric winning the Ballon d’Or.)


“What’s the role of the VAR after all?”
(Boavista coach Jorge Simão after a penalty shout was turned down in the 0-1 home defeat to local rivals FC Porto.)


“This is an historic moment, only comparable to the visit of King Dom Carlos to Montalegre.”
(Orlando Matos, Mayor of Montalegre, after the 3rd-tier local team were drawn against the mighty Benfica in the 5th round of the Taça de Portugal.)


“The easiest thing would be to catch a plane to somewhere else.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on his and the club’s decision to keep him on, despite pressure to sack him.)


“He’s the right man in the right place.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira confirms that coach Rui Vitória will be continuing in the job, despite growing discontent from fans.)


“I called Óliver some names.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the Spanish midfielder failed to shoot from a corner, but his short pass immediately afterwards was an assist for Militão’s goal, the first in a 3-1 Champions League win over Schalke.)


“We couldn’t manage it and we’re sad.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after a 5-1 defeat at Bayern which puts SLB out of the Champions League at the group stage; they go to the Europa League.)


“If it were today, I’d sign Cláudio Braga again.”
(Marítimo president Carlos Pereira after the club parted company with the coach following a disappointing start to the season and a 0-3 home defeat to Feirense in the Taça de Portugal.)


“To have a good dance, you have to have a good partner.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after beating 3rd-tier Praiense 2-1 in the Taça de Portugal.)


“We lack the mental capacity to play against these teams.”
(Belenenses coach Jorge Silas after his side went out of the Taça de Portugal 2-0 at FC Porto.)


“To get over the phase we’ve been going through, you can’t just snap your fingers.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after a win but poor display in the Taça against Arouca.)


“We’re proud of the qualification, but not of this game.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal, already qualified for the Nations League Final Four, draw 1-1 at home to Poland.)


“We have a place in history, but that doesn’t win games.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos.)


“Sporting v Benfica is a great spectacle, even at marbles.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas after the futsal derby between the clubs.)


“Our strategy is not to have Bernardo Silva as a full-back, and that’s what was happening.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos identifies one of the reasons for Portugal’s pale performance in the 0-0 draw with Italy, which nevertheless qualifies them for the Nations League Final Four.)


“Do I pay mine and FC Porto’s taxes to subsidise bullfights?”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa; VAT for football tickets is 23%, for bullfights 6%.)


“Either there are facts and concrete proof or there’s nothing.”
(Rui de Carvalho defends his son, former Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, arrested for his alleged part in last season’s violent invasion of the training ground by Sporting supporters.)


“Sporting are a colossus.”
(New coach Marcel Keizer makes all the right noises before he takes over the reins at the club.)


“I have no regrets - apart from the three points.”
(Portimonense coach António Folha after the 2-0 defeat at Moreirense.)


“The players interpreted perfectly what was asked of them.”
(Sporting caretaker coach Tiago Fernandes after the 0-0 draw at Arsenal in the Europa League.)


“I don’t understand why they aren’t with us.”
(Benfica full back Grimaldo about the fans after the 1-1 home draw with Ajax that all but puts SLB out of the Champions League.)


“I don’t bluff.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, challenged over doubts surrounding Héctor Herrera ahead of the Champions League match against Lokomotiv.)


“There are those that promise European titles and there are those that actually win them.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa takes a dig at Benfica.)


“I know it’s difficult to see Santa Clara above Sporting and on the same points as Benfica.”
(Santa Clara coach João Henriques takes a sideswipe at the ref after his team go down 1-2 at home to Sporting.)


“I don’t really understand that thing that looks more like a Playstation.”
(Portimonense coach António Folha on the pitch-side VAR monitor and the delays involved in analysing incidents.)


“I don’t give up on anything.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, under pressure after the 1-3 home defeat to Moreirense.)


“Rui Vitória only leaves if he wants to.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira on coach Vitória, heavily contested by fans for an uninspiring start to the season.)


“This is a marathon, and we’re in the race.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-0 win over Feirense that puts FCP top.)


“I meditated a lot and asked God to give me strength for this game.”
(Belenenses keeper Muriel, Man of the Match in the 2-0 win over Benfica.)


“If it were up to us, there wouldn’t be an away section.”
(Vitória de Guimarães comment on the late entry of Braga fans for their 1-1 draw.)


“It’s a hot game for cool-headed men.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira ahead of the Minho derby against Vitória de Guimarães.)


“Are we on the way? Yes ... on the plane back.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 3-1 victory at Lokomotiv that puts FCP top of their Champions League group.)


“We deserved more, but there was a cruel minute.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after his side lost to an added-time goal at Ajax in the Champions League.)


“I’m proud to have my players crying.”
(Coach Ricardo Sousa after 3rd-tier Felgueiras took Braga to the wire before going out of
the Taça de Portugal 0-1.)


“We were average, at times verging on mediocre.”
(Nacional coach Costinha after going out of the Taça de Portugal at 3rd-tier Lusitano Vildemoinhos.)


“It was a goal by a player worth millions against a team of players worth pennies.”
(Loures coach André David on Sporting’s first goal by Bruno Fernandes in the 2-1 Taça 3rd round win.)


“All of us always have to be ready to play when the opportunity arises.”
(FC Porto’s Adrián López, rarely a starter, after scoring four in the 6-0 Taça win at Vila Real.)


“It was the greatest moment in my career because I’d never played against one of the best teams in Portugal.”.
(Sertanense captain Tito Júnior after losing 3-0 to Benfica in the 3rd round of the Taça de Portugal.)


“Portuguese football is a disgrace!”
(Nuno Capucho, coach of Segunda Liga side Varzim after they drew 2-2 at Estoril through a late, late goal.)


“Portuguese football is a disgrace!”
(Nuno Capucho, coach of Segunda Liga side Varzim after they drew 2-2 at Estoril through a late, late goal.)


“No team can be better without the best in the world.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the team, without Cristiano Ronaldo, put in an excellent performance to win 3-2 in Poland.)


“The time of Sporting being a circus is over.”
(The club’s new president Frederico Varandas.)


“It wasn’t because of the ref that we lost the game.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 1-0 defeat at arch rivals Benfica.)


“I’ve negotiated it with my wife and she’s going to let me watch the clássico.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira ahead of Benfica v FC Porto, which took on even more significance after Braga dropped two points at home to Rio Ave.)


“Even if we’d played with five, we still would’ve beaten FC Porto.”
(Benfica’s former captain Luisão on the clássico in 2014, days after the death of Eusébio; it finished 2-0.)


“When you win like this, it tastes even better.”
(Sporting’s Marcos Acuña after his side win at Vorlska Poltava in the Champions League with two goals in added time.)


“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo responds to accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman in the US.)


“The game should have been won in the first half.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after letting a 2-0 lead slip before winning 3-2 at AEK in the Champions League.)


“We can’t have two faces.”
(Portimonense coach António Folha after losing 3-0 at bottom-of-the-table rivals Aves; he wants his teams to play the same away as they do at home.)


“Tomorrow the papers are going to fill up our egos, but we have to be more and more alert because sometimes praise can make you falter.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after his team go clear top following a 3-0 win at Belenenses.)


“We can’t throw in the towel.”
(Nacional coach Costinha after the 0-3 home defeat to Santa Clara that puts the Madeiran side in the drop zone.)


“Nothing illegal was done at this club, and it’s time for justice!”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira.)


“If I said everything that’s in my soul, I wouldn’t be on the bench against FC Porto
[in the next Liga game].”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória with implied criticism of the ref after dropping two points at Chaves.)


“No one steals these trophies; there’s an alarm.”
(The CR7 Museum in Funchal, Madeira, after Cristiano Ronaldo lost out to Modric for FIFA Best Player.)


“We have a new motor and we’re running it in.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 1-0 win over Sporting that puts them equal top with Benfica.)


“Those that came to the stadium were happy and proud of what we showed.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 2-0 win over bottom club Aves.)


“Tonight we witnessed a farce, sponsored from above.”
(Benfica press release after some controversial reffing in the Vitória de Setúbal 0-2 FC Porto game.)


“This is not a beginning, nor a middle, nor an end.”
(Marítimo coach Cláudio Braga, with a chance to go provisionally top if his team beat Belenenses.)


“In clubs that aren’t challenging for titles, you sleep better and wake up less in the night, but it’s not as much fun.”
(Sporting coach José Peseiro.)


“I’m part of the Benfica family.”
(Bayern midfielder Renato Sanches after helping the German side to beat his old club Benfica 2-0; he scored the second goal, apologised and was applauded by the Luz crowd.)


“We’re going to have the arrogance of wanting to win the game.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória ahead of the first Champions League group game, at home to Bayern.) [They lost 0-2.]


“There are big clubs that have never won an international trophy. FC Porto have won seven.”
(FCP president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.)


“He plays as if he were 45.”
(Manchester City’s Fabian Delph on team-mate Bernardo Silva.)


“To get to our dressing room, you have to go through four doors.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, certain that the investigation into corruption at the club will not get to the players.)


“The most important thing was to alter the image we left from the first jornada of the Liga.”
(Chaves midfielder Stephen Eustáquio after drawing 1-1 away with FC Porto in the Taça da Liga; the Liga game had finished 5-0.)


“People in Argentina have no idea how big this club is.”
(Benfica winger Franco Cervi after renewing his contract until 2023.)


“No one is stronger without the best in the world.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after beating Italy 1-0 in the first Nations League game, without Cristiano Ronaldo, rested.)


“They haven’t got Ronaldo, but they’ve got Bruma ...”
(Italy coach Roberto Mancini ahead of the Nations League opener.)


“This is the character we want - not those who run away when they’re not first choice.”
(Sporting coach José Peseiro on sub Jovane Cabral, who got the winner against Feirense. Peseiro was taking a dig at Matheus Pereira, loaned to Nuremburg.)


“Owing to the process of adaptation [to Italy], we decided he wouldn’t be with us.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on the non-inclusion of Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad for September’s games.)


“It could have been worse.”
(Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller on the draw for the Champions League group stage; Bayern are in Group E with Benfica, AEK and Ajax.)


“Those who were subtracting it can now add it.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on those who doubted Benfica would beat PAOK and pocket €43m for entering the Champions League Group Stage.)


“I think it’s time we started to think about the product and not look only at results.”
(Belenenses coach Silas ahead of the game at Moreirense, an exciting affair that finished 1-1.)


“I don’t want to be unpleasant to anyone.”
(Boavista coach Jorge Simão, refusing to comment on the ref after being sent off in the 1-1 draw at Feirense.)


“No excuses.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the shock 2-3 defeat at home to Vitória de Guimarães.)


“It’s more than luck.”
(Marítimo coach Cláudio Braga after beating Chaves 2-1 at home, the two goals coming in added time.)


“It’s not over yet.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-1 home draw to PAOK in the first leg of the Champions League Play-off.)


“These results make it even more demanding for us.”
(Feirense coach Nuno Manta Santos after the 1-0 win at Vitória de Guimarães that puts them level at the top with FC Porto, Benfica and Sporting.)


“Sometimes it’s champagne football, sometimes it’s plonk.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 3-2 win at Belenenses, clinched with a 96th-minute penalty.)


“I don’t know if it’s good news.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on the prospect of Malian forward Marega coming back into the squad after a transfer dispute with the club.)


“Enough clowning around and talking about that person.”
(Stand-in Sporting president Sousa Cintra, after ousted president Bruno de Carvalho showed up at the ground, claiming he was still president.)


“It’s in adversity that you see union.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after going out of the Europa League to Ukrainian side Zorya.)


“We were a Champions League team.”
(Benfica midfielder Pizzi after the 1-1 draw at Fenerbahçe that puts the team through to the Champions League play-off.)


“Risk is for firemen.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, asked if his job’s at risk.)


“The aim of the coach is to stay at home, not even come to the game ... and then everything goes well.”
(Sporting coach José Peseiro.)


“I don’t like to win like that.”
(Belenenses coach Silas after the 1-0 win at Tondela; some of his players had gone down
to waste time.)


“Five minutes do not stain an exhibition of enormous quality.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after his side saw a 3-0 lead over Vitória de Guimarães whittled down to 3-2.)


“You lot have to have your balls in the right place, ffs!”
(What FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição said to the ref just after he was sent off in last weekend’s Supertaça game against Aves.)


“In August, there are no perfect teams.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 1-0 win over Fenerbahçe in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.)


“We can’t be satisfied with playing well.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Luís Castro after his team went out of the Taça da Liga, 0-2 at home to Tondela.)


“The best news is that no one got injured.”
(Sporting coach José Peseiro after losing the ‘Five Violins’ trophy to Empoli.)


“I was proud of my team.”
(Desportivo das Aves coach José Mota after scaring FC Porto but ultimately going down 1-3 in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.)


“I didn’t think twice!”
(Goalkeeper Renan on moving from Estoril to Sporting.)


“We had more belief, ambition and heart than Italy.”
(Portugal’s Francisco Trincão after the U-19s won the European Championship, beating Italy 4-3 in the Final.)


“Hamilton started from 14th on the grid and won.”
(Sporting coach José Peseiro, refusing to throw in the towel before the season has even begun.)


“The paper with a 9 on it was actually a 6 - these aren’t the correct fixtures.”
(Liga executive Sónia Carneiro after a balls-up at the draw for the Liga fixtures; a second draw had to be made.)


“If necessary, I’ll come and clean the boots.”
(Defender José Fonte, 34, asked if he’ll be giving up international football.)


“We gave our lives for the country and the Seleção.”
(Defender José Fonte after the 1-2 defeat to Uruguay that put Portugal out of the World Cup.)


“The most important thing was to get through, and we managed it, thank God.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-1 draw against Iran that put Portugal through, but only in second place in Group B.)


If you want to win, sometimes you have to play violin, other times the big bass drum.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos.)


“We need to do more than this; we have to raise the bar.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 1-0 win over Morocco in the second Group B game at the World Cup.)


(Seleção coach Fernando Santos’ grading out of 10 of his side’s performance against Spain, which finished 3-3.)


“If you want to blackmail by threatening to terminate your contracts, terminate now because you’ll never win in court and I’ll never give in to blackmail.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho, addressing disgruntled players and their agents.)


“I’m grateful for the invitation, but I can’t accept it.”
(Luíz Felipe Scolari, offered the vacant coach’s job at Sporting.)


“Be what you are, because if you are what you are, you'll be the best of the best.”
(The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, addressing the Seleção.)


“I want to leave everything on the pitch to win every game and give my life here.”
(Benfica’s new signing, Chilean forward Nicolas Castillo.)


“No one wants to play against us.”
(Iran coach, the Portuguese Carlos Queiróz, on the difficulty in finding opposition for friendlies ahead of the World Cup; Iran are in Group B with Portugal.)


“Obviously we’re not totally prepared yet.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 0-0 draw with Belgium in Brussels.)


“We’re not favourites but we have a clear objective, which is to win and be champions.”
(Seleção central defender José Fonte.)


“I’m not very happy with this.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 2-2 draw with Tunisia.)


“They’ve dropped an atomic bomb on Sporting.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after a General Assembly was called for 23 June to remove him.)


“We’re not favourites, but we are candidates.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos ahead of the World Cup.)


“It was like a horror film.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after a week of great turmoil at the club, culminating in a 1-2 defeat to Desportivo das Aves in the final of the Taça de Portugal.)


“It’s annoying, but crime is a part of everyday life.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after 50 hooligans entered the club’s training ground and beat up players and staff.)


“I’m dead.”
(Coach José Couceiro after saving Vitória de Setúbal from relegation and announcing his departure from the club.)


“I hope it’s the first of many more.”
(FC Porto’s Sérgio Conceição after his first title as a coach.)


“We came from last place and ended up challenging for 5th.”
(Chaves coach Luís Castro after closing the season with a 3-2 win at Aves.)


“This shows you can do competent work without shouting about it.”
(Rio Ave coach Miguel Cardoso after securing a [possible] Europa League place with one game left.)


“The demands were such that even the hotel caught fire.”
(Sérgio Conceição, coach of newly- crowned champions FC Porto; the squad had to move hotels on the eve of the game against Feirense [2-1] after a fire started in the underground garage.)


“I’m not an easy coach ... Thank you to the players for putting up with me.”
(Sérgio Conceição, coach of newly- crowned champions FC Porto.)


“If my wife let’s me see the game ...”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira, asked about the Sporting v Benfica clássico.)


“For the football we play, we’ve deserved more, but games are won with goals and points are made by winning games.”
(Estoril coach Ivo Vieira after losing 1-0 at Aves, a result that keeps them bottom and looking a good bet to go down.)


“Things are talked about after they happen, not before.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, not being drawn on whether they will be champions, even though they need only one point from the last two games.)


“What happened was cruel.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 2-3 home defeat to Tondela that makes the title very difficult.)


“Ronaldo, the best player in the world, is whistled in Madrid.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach José Peseiro on Paolo Hurtado, whistled as he was subbed on against Moreirense; he would later score the winning goal.)


“I dedicate this result to our president.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 5-1 home defeat of Vitória de Setúbal on the 36th anniversary of president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa coming to power at the club.)


“Boavista didn’t have a single shot on goal - it’s unheard of!”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after SCP’s 1-0 home win.)


“We thrashed them 2-1.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the win at Estoril in which Benfica missed many clear chances.)


“We haven’t been taking sedatives, nor hugging or holding hands to see whether things improve.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória, insisting that it’s hard work that will turn things around for Benfica in the Liga run-in.)


“This team has a very big heart.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after they qualified for the final of the Taça de Portugal, beating FC Porto on penalties in the semi.)


“I’ve heard that I must be mad or have depression. Only people without scruples would say things like that.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“He’s a great man, a great professional and a great captain.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on Mexican Héctor Herrera, who scored the only goal that beat Benfica in the vital clássico.)


“I’m tired of being treated like this. It’s revolting.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro has a dig at the refereeing after the 1-1 draw at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“We’re the team that plays the best and creates the most in Portugal.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 5-1 win at Paços de Ferreira that puts them provisionally third in the Liga.)


“53 games is a lot ... some of the players are starting to fall over.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid - not enough to put SCP through to the semis of the Europa League.)


“Ingratitude and a short memory are a part of Sporting’s culture.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho on the attack after widespread criticism of his handling of the crisis at the club post-Atlético Madrid.)


“Until they’re arrested, this is going to be the same old clown show.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication Francisco J Marques after Benfica beat Vitória de Setúbal with a penalty in added time.)


“I’m fed up of the attitude of spoilt kids who don’t respect anything or anyone.”
(Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho after suspending 19 players for speaking out
against his criticism of them following the 2-0 Europa League defeat at Atlético Madrid.)


“It had to be today!”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the two mistakes by normally trustworthy defenders Coates and Mathieu that gifted Atlético Madrid their goals in the 2-0 Europa League quarter-final first-leg win.)


“Cristiano Ronaldo can now abandon Earth and play against Martians.”
(Álvaro Arbeloa after the overhead kick that helped Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.)


“It’s difficult now, but it still depends only on us.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-0 defeat at Belenenses that hands the leadership to Benfica.)


“Never fight with a pig, because you get dirty, and especially because the pig likes it.”
(Braga president António Salvador, referring to his Sporting counterpart Bruno de Carvalho after a week of exchanged insults, ending in a 1-0 win for Braga on the field.)


“We’re not out of the title race, but it’s very difficult.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 defeat at Sporting Braga.)


“In Portugal there are two games - one on the pitch and the other off it, which is communication.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus ahead of Braga v SCP, wounded by sniping from both sides.)


“They said I couldn’t keep the ball.”
(Vitória de Setúbal striker Edinho after scoring all four goals in the 4-1 win at Aves; an Aves official took the match ball off him after the game.)


“It’s my fault.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 0-3 defeat in the pre-WC friendly to Holland.)


“Once again the team showed that they don’t accept defeat.”
(Portugal coach Fernando Santos after the 2-1 win over Egypt, with two Cristiano Ronaldo goals in added time.)


“In my opinion I’m the best - there’s no one better than me, but I show it on the pitch.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“The pitch doesn’t excuse the mistakes we made.”
(Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes after the 1-2 defeat at Viktoria Plzen that was enough to put SCP into the quarter-finals of the Europa League.)


“It’s easy to give penalties against Sporting.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-1 win at Chaves; the hosts were given what looked like a valid penalty in added time.)


“I don’t like losing, but it was incredible.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, complaining about time-wasting after losing the first league game this season at Paços de Ferreira.)


“They can’t beat us because of our competence, so they try to dirty the name of the club.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira reacts to accusations of corruption and criminal activities at the club.)


“The first line of defence is our forwards. The first line of attack is our keeper.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel after the 3-0 win over Moreirense.)


“Sometimes we may irritate the fans.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 2-0 Europa League win, which could have been by more goals, over Viktoria Plzen.)


“I haven’t seen the news - the net was very bad in the hotel.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on the news that Benfica’s legal adviser has been arrested in relation to the investigation of corruption at the club.)


“We have to defend the history of the best club in Portugal.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição ahead of the Champions League Last-16 2nd leg in Liverpool; FCP are 0-5 down from the 1st leg.)


“More even societies. Fairer societies.”
(The back of the shirts of Vitória de Guimarães players in the match against Belenenses had various slogans to commemorate International Women’s Day. The game ended 0-0.)


“In the break, I told the players to pretend that it was 0-0.”
(Marítimo coach Daniel Ramos after the 5-0 defeat at Benfica; it was 4-0 at half-time.)


“Sporting are not out of the title race.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after beating Sporting 2-1 and leaving them eight points behind, with nine game left.)


“Ok, so we’ve been caught out.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication Francisco J. Marques after it was revealed that Estoril received €784,000 from FCP in the week before the postponed 2nd half of their game [0-3 on the night]. Marques said the money was to pay off a debt.)


“Aves are still favourites, but we’re alive!”
(José Vala, coach of 3rd-tier side Caldas da Rainha, who lost the first leg of the Taça de Portugal semi-final at Desportivo das Aves... but only by 1-0.)


“The difference between us and the Big Three is less than between the rest and us.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 1-0 win over Tondela that consolidates their 4th place.)


“Of the three teams on the field, we were the worst.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the 4-0 defeat at Boavista.)


“This isn’t how I want it yet.”
(Belenenses coach Silas after the 1-0 win over Feirense.)


“Everyone has been trying to prevent Benfica winning the Penta [5 straight titles].”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira.)


“I finished Bas Dost off.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus, regretting not subbing his top scorer in the Europa League game against Astana; Dost would suffer a muscle injury.)


“The ref and the VAR were right: it wasn’t an offside ... it was three! Crying works.”
(Sporting’s official Twitter feed after FC Porto beat Estoril 3-1, their first goal clearly offside.)


“Even Sportinguistas feel ashamed about this victory, achieved with extraterrestrial powers!”
(Tondela assitant coach José Sá after Sporting win 2-1 with a goal on 98 minutes.)


“It’s time to say ‘enough’!”
(Vitória de Guimarães president Júlio Mendes after the 0-5 home defeat to regional rivals Sporting Braga; he was talking about refereeing, not his team.)


“Football’s ironic.”
(Belenenses coach Silas after beating Estoril 2-0, with a performance that wasn’t as good, according to him, as that in some of the games the team lost.)


“It’s fundamental that we don’t think we’re in Asterix’s village.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória on the Portuguese clubs’ showing in Europe.)


“Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn. It’s a defeat that’s going to teach us a lesson.”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira after losing 3-0 at Marseille in the Europa League.)


“Porto weren’t as bad as the result makes it seem.”
(Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp being diplomatic after the 5-0 drubbing of FCP in the Champions League Last-16, 1st leg.)


“No one wants to play FC Porto.”
(Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp ahead of the teams’ Champions League Last 16, first leg.)


“The team misses Bas Dost.”
(Sporting forward Fredy Montero on the absence through injury of the club’s top scorer.)


“When I told him he was coming on, he was shaking all over the place.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus on the debut of Rafael Leão, 18, who came on as sub in the 2-0 win over Feirense.)


“Emotion overcame reason.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach João Henriques after the 0-2 defeat at home to Tondela.)


“At 20 I did things I can’t any more.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo at 33. The end approaches?)


“I played for Benfica, in a stadium with 65,000 people, but playing in the Sclessin is something else.”
(Former Benfica forward Mehdi Carcela, now at Standard Liège.)


“One of the great enemies of players is narcissism.”
(Belenenses coach Silas after the 3-0 defeat at Vitória de Setúbal, following the draw with
Benfica last week.)


“Both teams played for 45 minutes with the wind.”
(Estoril coach Ivo Vieira, responding to Sporting coach Jorge Jesus’ complaints about the wind in Estoril’s 2-0 win.)


“We’re like Juventus.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-0 win at home to Vitória de Guimarães, the winner coming on 84 minutes.)


“I was confused. I thought it was a goal. Now I’m happier. The ball hit me in the face and I went a bit dizzy.”
(Moreirense keeper Jhonathan after a late FC Porto goal was disallowed for offside; the game finished 0-0.)


“My team is more pragmatic - like the Italian ones.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“It’s the second half of the dream.”
(Striker Gonçalo Paciência, re-called to FC Porto after his successful loan spell at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“The prophets of doom are going to have their throats full of toads.” [Portuguese equivalent of ‘eat their words’]
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus after winning the Taça da Liga.)


“In Portuguese football, there always has to be a clever dick.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication, Francisco J Marques, on the presence of Sporting’s goalkeeping coach, Nélson, behind the goal during the penalty shoot-out [4-3 to Sporting] in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“Champions are made of this.”
(Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes after beating FC Porto on penalties in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“We need to be much better in the Final.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach José Couceiro after the unimpressive win over Oliveirense in the
Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“You complain about being criticised? Change profession!”
(Boavista midfielder Fábio Espinho on referees.)


“I live each game as if it were the last of my life.”
(Sporting full back Fábio Coentrão.)


“The first time I saw a shower, I thought it was a telephone.”
(Belenenses’ new coach Silas.)


“I cannot subscribe to acts of this nature.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Pedro Martins after fans invaded the training ground and traded blows with some players.)


“We will take all the measures that the regulations in force permit.”
(FC Porto press release after the suspension of their game at Estoril due to an unsafe stand.)


“Some clubs have 16 games until the end of the season; we have 24 in three months.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“Count on us - we’re here!”
(Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio after the 3-1 win at Braga.)


“After the funeral, life goes on.”
(Paços de Ferreira caretaker Filipe Anunciação on the exit of coach Petit.)


“FC Porto’s goals happened too early.”
(Moreirense coach Sérgio Vieira after the 1-2 Taça defeat to FCP.)


“Champions think about themselves, not others.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Jesus.)


“We’re not going to beat anyone at this rate.”
(Belenenses coach Domingos Paciência, complaining about an offside for Boavista’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw.)


“I want to be a solution, not a problem.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Petit after the 1-1 home draw to Portimonense; Paços are third from bottom, two points above the drop zone.)
[He would resign later the same evening.]


“We’re in the fight for the title.”
(Benfica coach Rui Vitória after the 2-0 win at Moreirense; SLB are 5 points behind top club FC Porto at the halfway stage.)


“If we’re cohesive, confident, if we have that inner strength that’s needed at certain moments, we can win any game.”
(Desportivo das Aves coach Lito Vidigal; Aves have three straight defeats going into the visit to Chaves.)


“A good result - we didn’t play at all.”
(Portimonense coach Vítor Oliveira after the 0-0 home draw with Belenenses.)


“We massacred Sporting.”
(Benfica midfielder Krovinovic after the 1-1 draw in the clássico.)






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