quotes - 2019



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“I don’t have the piece of paper, but I’ve been through it all.”
(Braga’s new coach Rúben Amorim on his lack of coaching qualifications.)


“Do we need help? Yes. But society needs help.”
(Spurs coach José Mourinho on racism in football.)


“I see and hear a lot of people who look on the negative side more than the positive. They think they’re going to knock us down, but it just makes us stronger.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“No Portuguese team is going to win the Champions League ever again.”
(Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus.)


“Benfica is like an octopus whose arms reach the whole of the Portuguese elite.”
(Hacker Rui Pinto, on trial for various crimes.)


“CR7 Air Jordan!”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a stunning headed goal against Sampdoria.)


“At no moment did they try to talk with us. They said that we didn’t deserve to wear the shirt and then started hitting us.”
(Sporting midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia giving evidence in the trial over the attack by some of the club’s ultras on the Alcochete training complex in May 2018.)


“Sporting will never kneel before this scum.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas on some of the club’s ultras, who verbally abused the players ahead of the game in the Azores against Santa Clara, which Sporting would win 4-0.)


“I feel that I can continue to help.”
(Braga coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after their 6th defeat of the season, 1-0 at home to second-from-bottom club Paços de Ferreira.)


“I think that this is like going to the cinema - what you want is for people to talk well of the film.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after beating Famalicão 4-0 at the Luz.)


“If I was worth €20m, my wife would put me up for sale and keep the money.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage on the get-out clause of his new contract, extended to 2024.)


“From now on it’s about having fun.”
(Braga coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after confirming top spot in their Europa League group.)


“I feared for the life of my family.”
(Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes, in court for the trial of those involved in the attack on the Alcochete training complex in 2018.)


“The first thing I tell centre-forwards is to watch the Panda channel. It’s halfway towards always being calm.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage.)


“It’s not a two-horse race. I’d add the teams that are always candidates, and the teams of match officials.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 1-1 draw at Belenenses SAD, in which FCP were unhappy with the ref.)


“We always lose to the teams that don’t beat anyone.”
(Braga coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after losing 1-0 at bottom club Aves.)


“In practice, the VAR is only good for some.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa after Benfica’s 4-1 win at Boavista, with the help of a controversial second goal by Cervi.)


“We finished with 5 players that have come through from the youth teams, but I don’t do anyone any favours; we don’t promote them just for the sake of it.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 3-0 Taça da Liga win over 2nd-tier Casa Pia.)


“Bruno Fernandes is very important for us.”
(Sporting’s Uruguayan centre-back Sebastien Coates after they beat Gil Vicente 2-0 in the Taça da Liga with a goal and an assist from the captain.)


“It can only be a paranormal phenomenon.”
(FC Porto Director of Communication Franciso J Marques on the ease with which Marítimo succumbed 4-0 to Benfica at the Luz.)


“He’s been getting some real kickings since he arrived in Portugal.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal on his Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi, after the 2-0 defeat at Braga.)


“Sporting have very few top players - they need more quality.”
(Coach Vítor Oliveira after his Gil Vicente beat Sporting 3-1.)


“I may seem like a choirboy, but I’m not.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage, angry with Gabriel after the midfielder saw two yellow cards in the 4-0 win at home to Marítimo.)


“When I left Benfica, it was the end of a difficult love affair. I don’t even want to remember Sporting.”
(Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus.)


“I don’t believe in miracles, I believe in work - and that’s what we did.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after losing a 2-0 lead at Leipzig to concede a draw and go out
of the Champions League.)


“It’s a privilege to wear this shirt.”
(Sporting midfiedler and captain Bruno Fernandes after renewing his contract with the club.)


“This success will certainly open more doors in the market.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal on Jorge Jesus’s Taça dos Libertadores win with Flamengo.)


“This is the most important victory of my career so far.”
(Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus after Brazilian club Flamengo win the Taça dos Libertadores.)


“I believe our national team will show once again its strength and determination to try and keep the European title.”
(Portugal Prime Minister António Costa reacts to Portugal’s qualification for Euro 2020.)


“I believe our national team will show once again its strength and determination to try and hold onto the European title.”
(Portugal Prime Minister António Costa reacts to Portugal’s qualification for Euro 2020.)


“I hope that the goal he’s going to score tomorrow [against Luxembourg] will be the most beautiful.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, asked what was the most beautiful goal Cristiano Ronaldo has scored for the national team.)
[CR did score, but it was a bundled-over tap-in in the 2-0 victory that confirmed Portugal’s place in next years European Championship Finals.]


“It’s never a perfect performance, but it was good.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos downplays Portugal’s superb 6-0 demolition of Lithuania in their EURO 2020 qualifier.)


“The players know that something like this has to have consequences, but there’s no death penalty at FC Porto.”
(FCP Director of Communication Francisco J Marques after several of the squad were suspended for partying.)


“The amount of whistling the Sporting team suffered says it all.”
(Belenenses coach Pedro Ribeiro after the 2-0 defeat at Alvalade.)


“A draw would have been flattering to Benfica.”
(Santa Clara coach João Henriques, angry with the match officials after a 2-1 home defeat to SLB.)


“We have to work to turn this around.”
(Bottom club Desportivo das Aves’ caretaker coach Leandro Pires after the 2-1 defeat at home to Gil Vicente, their 9th in a row.)


“After the defeat, am I going to say it’s fantastic?!”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição in typically irascible mood following the 2-0 defeat at Rangers in the Europa League, throwing doubt on FCP’s qualification from the group.)


“Vitória were the best team we’ve played in this Europa League.”
(Arsenal coach Unai Emery after the 1-1 draw at VSC in the Europa League - VSC’s first point after four group games.)


“Mathematically it’s still possible.”
(Benfica forward Chiquinho after the 3-1 Champions League defeat at Lyon that leaves them bottom of the group with 3 points from 4 games.)


“We’re going to talk and see if everyone wants to turn this situation around.”
(António Folha, cooach of Portimonense after the 1-1 home draw to Santa Clara that keeps them three off the bottom.)


“It’s good to want to be a steamroller in every game, but you also have to look
at the defending of the opponent.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after a 1-0 win over bottom club Aves with a modest performance.)


“Fortunately, the cycle with this pitch is over.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage; the much-criticised Luz pitch is being replaced.)


“We’re still losing the ball a lot and having to run after it, which isn’t our forté.”
(Sporting coach Jorge Silas after a 2-1 win at Paços de Ferreira.)


“For the social media it’s fantastic - they’re going to insult me ... but I don’t give a shit about that, as they say.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 1-1 draw at Marítimo that leaves Benfica top.)


“Many talk, few know.”
(Sporting’s Wendel after a night out that brought him internal disciplinary sanctions.)


“It was extremely complicated, we never managed to control the game, and we were completely dominated by FC Porto.”
(Famalicão coach João Pedro Sousa after they lost their top spot and unbeaten run in the 3-0 defeat at FCP, who went top in their place.)


“The players are focussed on the objective of winning.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Sandro Mendes ahead of the home game against Marítimo. They drew 0-0 ... again - their 4th. Sandro was sacked after the game.)


“We’re going to work to leave the Dragão on top.”
(Famalicão coach João Pedro Sousa ahead of surprise leaders Famalicão’s visit to FC Porto.)


“Thanks to God we turned it around.”
(Striker Carlos Vinícius after Benfica beat Lyon 2-1 at the Luz in the Champions League when a draw seemed more likely.)


“The sending-off is more of the same.”
(Boavista coach Lito Vidigal, sent off for words - not for the first time this season - during the 2-1 Taça defeat at Chaves.)


“No one likes to lose so many times in a row.”
(Augusto Ignácio, coach of Desportivo das Aves, struggling in the Liga and knocked out of the Taça de Portugal 5-2 at 2nd-tier Farense.)


“World records are made to be broken, it's going to happen. I'm glad it will be such a great player who beats me.”
(Retired Iranian striker Ali Daei on Cristiano Ronaldo beating his international goals record.)


“I don’t look for records - they come to me.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on scoring his 700th career goal, a penalty in Portugal’s 2-1 Euro 2020 defeat in Ukraine.)


“I’d like Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th goal to be for the Seleção.”
(National coach Fernando Santos after CR scored his 699th v Luxembourg; next up - Ukraine away.)


“We’ve taken a step towards the Final.”
(Braga coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after the 3-1 win at Penafiel in the Taça da Liga.)


“A football match is not for nuns or priests.”
(Académica’s coach César Peixoto, sent off from the bench for words during the 2nd-tier game against Benfica B.)


“As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best in the world.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Cristiano Ronaldo.)


“I didn’t say that some of my team-mates didn’t feel Sporting.”
(Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes after an interview he gave to UEFA appeared to suggest something similar.)


“Doumbia gave out loads of fruit and didn’t even get a yellow.”
(Aves coach Augusto Ignácio on the Sporting midfielder after the 0-1 home defeat, claiming it was one rule for Sporting, another rule for Aves.)


“I’m the craziest of all!”
(Sporting’s new coach Silas after José Mourinho reportedly turned down the job because he didn’t want to go to a club full of crazy people.)


“I phoned my mum and told her I’d come on and score the winning goal.”
(Famalicão’s Brazilian striker Anderson Silva who did indeed come off the bench to score twice in the 3-1 win over Belenenses.)


“We don’t need miracles with the quality of these players.”
(Sporting’s new coach Silas, contradicting outgoing caretaker Leonel Pontes.)


“I can’t work miracles.”
(Sporting’s caretaker coach Leonel Pontes after a third straight defeat - 1-2 at home to Rio Ave in the Taça da Liga - and no wins in five.)


“We have a team for the present and future.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after the 0-0 home draw with Vitória de Guimarães in the Taça da Liga.)


“Our main ambition is to avoid relegation.”
(Famalicão coach João Pedro Sousa after beating Sporting at Alvalade to go back to the top of the Liga.)


“We would have seen a fantastic spectacle.”
(Lito Vidigal, coach of Boavista, after they played 70 minutes with ten men in their 0-0 draw at Gil Vicente.)


“At the end of the day, Sefe’s a kid of 25 who’s just become a father.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage defends from criticism his Swiss striker Seferovic, who scored the winner at Moreirense.)


“Ronaldo supported Benfica because of his father. But as soon as he arrived at Sporting, he became a sportinguista.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores.)


“I’m happy to enter the history of the club.”
(FC Porto Fábio Silva, who came on as sub in the 2-1 Champions League win over Young Boys; he becomes the youngest FCP player in European games.)


“We were better than our opponents.”
(Benfica centre-back Ferro gets it wrong about the 1-2 home defeat to Leipzig in the Champions League.)


“We’re starting to see things that are a little strange.”
(Sporting’s new coach Leonel Pontes casts aspersions on the ref after the 1-1 draw at Boavista.)


“I like to speak with the ball.”
(Sporting’s new signing Jesé responds to doubts about his quality.)


“It’s very hard to digest this result.”
(Braga coach Ricardo Sá Pinto after the 1-0 defeat at Vitória de Setúbal, which leaves them with just four points from five games.)


“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world - this is clear and unequivocal proof.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after his captain had scored four in the 5-1 EURO 2020 qualifier win in Lithuania.)


“We found a club that was completely shattered.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas on the 1st anniversary of his presidency.)


“In the next few years, Portugal could be the best team in the world.”
(Serbia’s Namanja Matic after losing 4-2 to Portugal in their Euro 2020 qualifier.)


“Initiation? It hasn’t happened yet, but now they’re going to remember to do it.”
(Winger Daniel Podence, called up to the Seleção for the first time.)


“No coach wanted to come to Sporting, and Marcel Keizer had the courage to do so.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas after the Dutch coach was shown the door.)


“No one likes it, but we have to know how to lose.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage.)


“Regardless of what happens, I’ll try to maintain my posture.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Ivo Vieira, refusing to criticise the refereeing after he had two players sent off in the 3-0 defeat at FC Porto.)


“Don’t put words in my mouth.”
(Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes, who criticised the refereeing after the 2-3 home defeat to Rio Ave, then backtracked later.)


“The players gave everything ... but not the way I wanted.”
(Portimonense coach António Folha after losing 1-0 at Moreirense.)


“Cut your head off, idiot.”
(Banner held up by Vitória de Guimarães fans after a 1-0 win at home to FCSB, which put them through to the Europa League group stage. FCSB owner Gigi Becali had said he’d cut his own head off if Vitória scored in the play-off 2nd leg.)


“The prophets of doom would say that at this point we wouldn’t have any points.”
(Vítor Oliveira, coach of Gil Vicente, 11th on 4.)


“Yesterday we weren’t the worst, and today we’re not the best.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição pre-empts any euphoria after the important 2-0 win at Benfica.)


“I don’t know how the fans still manage to clap.”
(Aves coach Augusto Inácio after the 5-1 trouncing at Rio Ave.)


“I want them to feel like they’re in Vietnam and that their place is in danger.”
(Aves coach Augusto Inácio on how to motivate his players.)


“No one understands why he’s not leaving.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo on Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes.)


“Sporting have denigrated the professionalism and honesty with which their top scorer of the last three seasons has always represented the club.”
(The agent of Dutch striker Bas Dost, in dispute with Sporting.)


“We ask for a rigorous application of the laws of the game to put an end to this kind of ‘open season’ on Rafa.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage tries to defend his forward Rafa Silva from violent play.)


“We’re all pissed off.”
(Sporting keeper Renan Ribeiro after the 5-0 defeat to Benfica in the Supertaça.)


“Confidence in the players has to do with what they tell me in training.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on why newcomer keeper Marchesín walked straight into the team, and why Japanese forward Nakajima was left out of the Champions League game at Krasnodar.)


“It’s not a moment to lift our heads up, it’s a moment to drop them and think about the mistakes we made.”
(Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes after the 5-0 Supertaça defeat to Benfica.)


“It was just one game - we still have a long way to go.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after the 5-0 thrashing of Sporting in the Supertaça.)


“A player has to play like a fan.”
(FC Porto’s new Argentinian keeper, Augustín Marchesín.)


“Anyone who allows a person to be continually insulted, lied about and defamed is a criminal, ... a coward!”
(Former Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho takes a poke at the judge who decided he would stand trial for the attack by Sporting fans on the club’s training ground in 2018.)


“Maybe I don’t have much physique, but I have things that others don’t have.”
(Ex-Benfica forward João Félix, now at Atlético Madrid.)


“Whoever plays for Benfica has to be prepared to win every game.”
(Benfica midfielder Pizzi.)


“Commitment and attitude - that’s the way forward.”
(Braga’s new coach Ricardo Sá Pinto.)


“The only thing I can tell you at the moment is that I have to catch the plane - I can’t miss it.”
(Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes, asked by reporters at the airport if he’s going to leave the club.)


“I’ve known the club since I was a child.”
(FC Porto’s new signing, the Japanese forward Shoya Nakajima.)


“We want what’s ours.”
(FC Porto’s Mexican winger Jésus Corona on the team’s objective this season: the Portuguese title.)


“Having to fight to not go down is anguish every week.”
(Vitória de Setúbal full back Sílvio outlines the new season’s objective of securing safety as
soon as possible.)


“Thank God ... never again.”
(Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches re the last game of the season.)


“I used to do them regularly in the holidays because during the season there were checks.”
(Brazilian ex-striker Mário Jardel on taking drugs during his time at FC Porto and Sporting.)


“I told him he should improve his aerial game. The next day, I arrived at training and there he was with some friends throwing balls for him to head.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Cristiano Ronaldo when he was in charge of him at Sporting.)


“I told him he should improve his aerial game. The next day, I arrived at training and there he was with some friends throwing balls for him to head.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Cristiano Ronaldo when he was in charge of him at Sporting.)


“Cristiano isn’t eternal, and there’ll be a day when he doesn’t come to the Seleção, but there are still many, many years to go.”
(Seleção captain Cristiano Ronaldo after lifting the Nations League trophy following the 1-0 win over Holland in the Final.)


“This is special, like it was at Euro 2004, and Euro 2016. Three finals. I hope to win two out of three.”
(Seleção captain Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Nations League Final against Holland.)


“Cristiano doesn’t surprise me anymore. He only surprised me when he was 18 and I was coaching him at Sporting.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Ronaldo’s hat-trick in the 3-1 Nations League win over Switzerland.)


“With these players, we’re going to have a great future.”
(Portugal U-20 captain Diogo Queirós after crashing out of the World Cup at the group stage with a 1-1 draw against South Africa.)


“I can’t promise the title but we’re going to fight for it.”
(Sporting coach Marcel Keizer, still buzzing after winning the Taça de Portugal.)


“I’m not ashamed to shed a tear.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, distraught after his side lost the Taça de Portugal to
Sporting on penalties.)


“If a club comes along and offers €100m for João Félix, we intend not to sell him.”
(Benfica director Domingo Soares Oliveira on the club’s prime asset, with a release clause of €120m.)


“Mission accomplished! I’m the 5th coach to take the club to Europe.”
(Vitória de Guimarães’ Luís Castro after the 3-1 win at Moreirense that leaves them 5th.)


“What makes me happy and fulfilled are these fans and the joy of these players.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after clinching the title with a 4-1 win over Santa Clara at the Luz.)


“Next season we want all the games at decent times.”
(Banner held up by Braga fans at their last game - a 2-0 win over Portimonense.)


“I have a winning mentality and I deal very badly with defeat.”
(Costinha, coach of relegated Nacional, who lost 20 of their 34 games, including the last of the season - 3-0 at Belenenses.)


“The greatest scandal is FC Porto still being in the title race.”
(Message on the Benfica official club site, responding to FC Porto’s criticism of the refereeing in Benfica’s matches.)


“I’m only sorry that we didn’t take points off Benfica.”
(Full-back Fábio Coentrão after his Rio Ave came up short [2-3] at home to his former club.)


“We’re Sporting!”
(Sporting central defender Mathieu, asked if the team would take it easy in the last Liga game of the season at FC Porto.)


“We’ve had a fabulous season.”
(Ivo Vieira, coach of the surprise team of the season Moreirense, who won 1-0 at Aves and are one game away from securing 5th place, the best position in the club’s history.)


“Mr Veríssimo, who I won’t call a referee so as not disrespect referees, was a postman who made a delivery.”
(Vitória de Setúbal president Vítor Hugo Valente, incensed after the 0-3 home defeat to Boavista in which Vitória had three players sent off.)


“We’re going to give our lives to stay up.”
(Costinha, coach of Nacional, in deep relegation trouble.)


“We love to win, but we also love those who don’t like to lose.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição referencing the fans after the 4-0 win over Aves.)


“Rivalry has become hatred.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira as the tension mounts in Portuguese football.)


“The first message is to keep our calm and equilibrium. The second message is not to bang on the bus and my car too much.”
(Coach Bruno Lage after a wave of euphoria gripped Benfica fans following the 4-1 win at Braga.)


“There was a foul the size of a truck!”
(Vitória de Guimarães president Júlio Mendes on Sporting’s first goal in their 2-0 win, preceded by a juggernaut of a push by Acuña on Rochinha.)


“Let them whistle at me - I’ll leave at the end of the season, no problem.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on the fans’ reaction after the potentially disastrous dropping of two points at Rio Ave.)


“We’ve returned to our place.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after a 6-0 whipping of Marítimo that puts SLB back on top, ahead of FC Porto.)


“It’s not easy for anyone to live with this.”
(Filipe Martins, coach of relegated Feirense, after yet another defeat, the club’s 19th of the season.)


“There’s a lot to do - it takes time and work.”
(Boavista coach Lito Vidigal after the defeat at Tondela.)


“It’s not a moment to point the finger at anyone but to be united for the five finals that are left [in the Liga].”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after being knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt.)


“It was a display of dignity.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after his side crashed out of the Champions League after a 1-4 (1-6) defeat in the second leg of the quarter-final.)


“We didn’t bring a bus.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Sandro Mendes after the 4-2 defeat at Benfica.)


“Our Champions League is to be champions in the league.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“It’s very easy to send Chaves players off.”
(Chaves coach José Mota after he lost two in the 2-2 home draw with Belenenses.)


“We’ve been able to make a factory.”
(Benifca president Luís Filipe Vieira on the talent coming through the SLB Academy.)


“We have to give our life on the field.”
(Tondela coach Pepa after the 3-2 win over Portimonense that drags his side out of the relegation zone ... just.)


“Today we saw a game that disgraces Portuguese football.”
(Feirense on Instagram after the 1-4 home defeat to Benfica, with several contentious decisions by the ref/VAR.)


“The strategy was to not concede a goal and to score one.”
(Aves coach Augusto Inácio after the 0-0 draw at Nacional.)


“I’ll be the first to say ‘bye-bye’ ”
(Sporting Braga coach Abel Ferreira, asked if he’ll cling on to his job.)


“Bruno Fernandes is more important to Sporting than João Félix is to Benfica.”
(Former Sporting and Benfica coach Jorge Jesus. He appeared to be proved right when BF scored the winner against Benfica to put Sporting through to the Final of the Taça de Portugal.)


“There are a lot of criminals infiltrated in football, refereeing and sport.”
(Sporting Braga president António Salvador after his team were knocked out of the Taça de Portugal by FC Porto at the semi-finals stage.)


“Often it’s the frustration that blocks them.”
(Feirense coach Filipe Martins after yet another defeat for the bottom club, 0-1 at home to Vitória de Setúbal; Feirense haven’t won since the 2nd jornada.)


“I didn’t offend anyone, I didn’t do anything to be sent off.”
(Boavista coach Lito Vidigal after being ordered from the bench in the 2-0 home win over Belenenses.)


“It was a load off my back.”
(Sporting striker Luiz Phellype after scoring his first two goals for the club in the 3-1 win at Chaves.)


“There are no words to characterise these players.”
(Ivo Vieira, coach of the surprising Moreirense, 5th after a 2-0 win at Portimonense.)


“The referee apologised to me.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal were awarded a penalty for handball, then had the decision reversed by a linesman, in the 1-1 European qualifier draw with Serbia.)


“A draw isn’t as bad as a defeat.”
(Bernardo Silva after Portugal could only draw 0-0 at home to the super-defensive Ukraine in the opening game of their defence of the European title.)


“At the most difficult moment of my life, Benfica held out its hand.”
(SLB striker Jonas.)


“I train every day with two of the best centre-backs in the world: Bonucci and Chiellini.”
(Seleção full-back João Cancelo, asked if he has evolved at Juventus.)


“We can’t only have soul when we’re losing.”
(Tondela coach Pepa after coming back to equalise late on against Feirense.)


“Games don’t end at the break.”
(António Folha, coach of Portimonense, who let a two-goal lead slip at Belenenses.)


“I have to thank everyone that contributed to this call-up: my team-mates, my coach, God, and my family.”
(Braga’s Brazil-born striker Dyego Sousa, called up to the Seleção by Fernando Santos.)


“A footballer who plays for Benfica doesn’t get tired.”
(Benfica youngster Jota, asked how the extra-time against Dynamo Zagreb in the Europa League will affect the team.)


“We ended up gifting them the draw.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after two defensive errors let Belenenses in to draw 2-2 at the Luz, leaving SLB on equal points with FC Porto at the top.)


“I’ve been in this business for 20 years, and it’s always the same thing.”
(Tondela captain Ricardo Costa points a finger at the match officials after the 0-0 draw at Vitória de Setúbal.)


“You have to see how many were on target. I shot wide loads of times when I played.”
(Boavista coach Lito Vidigal plays down the 8-18 shot deficit in the 1-2 home defeat to Sporting.)


“Tests have revealed that the lymphoma has disappeared.”
(Vitória de Setúbal full-back Nuno Pinto.)


“Our will to win was greater.”
(FC Porto captain Héctor Herrera after the extra-time win over AS Roma that took them through to the Champions League quarter-finals.)


“It wasn’t [Vitória de Guimarães coach] Luís Castro that should have substituted Sacko, it was the ref.”
(Marítimo coach Petit has a go at the ref for his leniency in the 1-0 defeat at Vitória.)


“I put all the meat on the spit.”
(Filipe Martins, coach of bottom club Feirense, after their 4-0 defeat at Belenenses.)


“The vitamin that Benfica had was a goal out of nowhere.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 1-2 home defeat to their arch rivals.)


“We’re breathing better, but it’s not yet enough.”
(Aves coach Augusto Inácio after the 2-0 win over Boavista that lifts them out of the drop zone.)


“Our shirt can’t weigh us down. We have to do more and better.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after the 3-0 defeat at FC Porto in the Taça de Portugal semi-final, 1st leg.)


“It’s the players that go down in history; I just think about the next game.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after the 4-0 win over Chaves that keeps them one point behind leaders FC Porto.)


“Belief, attitude and intelligence.”
(Boavista coach Lito Vidigal sums up his team’s qualities after a vital 1-0 win at home to Rio Ave.)


“When we’re playing on hot coals, it’s ideal for our opponents.”
(Filipe Martins, coach of bottom club Feirense, after yet another defeat, this time 1-3 at home to high-flying Moreirense.)


“I didn’t shoot - the whole team shot, the whole family, and all the Portistas who tell me: ‘Believe in yourself!’ ”
(FC Porto midfielder Óliver Torres after scoring the spectacular second goal in FCP’s 3-0 win at Tondela.)


“All strategies sink when you concede after two minutes.”
(Aves coach Augusto Inácio after losing 3-0 at home to Benfica.)


“If I have to talk about Sporting, I won’t write one book but 20.”
(Former SCP coach Jorge Jesus, responding to the new book by former SCP president Bruno de Carvalho.)


“It was people that started talking about the European places.”
(Portimonense coach António Folha after his side slumped to their fourth straight defeat at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“The world knows that I’ll always be a Lion.”
(Sporting’s Colombian striker Fredy Montero, leaving for the Vancouver Whitecaps.)


“I have 20 very sad players in the dressing room, and I’m very sad too.”
(Sporting coach Marcel Keizer after the 1-0 home defeat to Villareal in the first leg of the Europa League last 32.)


“We’re going to qualify from the round.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-1 defeat at AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie.)


“Yes, FC Porto aren’t at the top of European football - they’re at the top of world football.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, responding to AS Roma midfielder Pellegrini ahead of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie.)


“The championship didn’t finish today, but it was a humiliation.”
(Nacional coach Costinha after the historic 10-0 defeat at Benfica.)


“We didn’t exist in the second half.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Luís Castro after the 1-0 defeat at Tondela.)


“I’m not talking about refereeing any more until the end of the season.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after his side dropped two points for the second week in a row, this time at Moreirense.)


“If I were still playing, I’d just stomp on João Félix and there wouldn’t be any more João Félix during the game.”
(Former player Jorge Andrade on how Sporting could stop Benfica’s young star in the Taça de Portugal semi-final.)


“Viva Feirense!”
(Nuno Manta Santos, sacked as Feirense coach, leaves a positive message on Facebook.)


“The third team weren’t on the same level as the other two.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição has a dig at the match officials after dropping two points at Vitória de Guimarães and allowing Benfica and Braga to draw within 3 and 4 points of them at the top.)


“When we arrive somewhere, we knock on the door and they ask us from the other
side ‘Who’s that?’. They don’t ask ‘Who was that?’ ”

(Benfica coach Bruno Lage.)


“I’m being accused of wanting to set it alight.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas on comments of his with regard to Benfica, ahead of the SCP v SLB clássico.)


“I haven’t yet seen anyone stronger than us.”
(Sérgio Conceição, coach of FC Porto, five points clear at the top.)


“Benfica’s third goal weakened our self-esteem.”
(Boavista caretaker coach Jorge Couto after a 5-1 defeat at the Luz.)


“I ask for equal criteria for everyone.”
(Nuno Manta, coach of struggling Feirense, after the VAR failed to give a penalty against Vitória de Guimarães’ Sacko, who clearly handled.)


“Sporting’s players were all that was needed to lift the trophy.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after his players returned to the dressing room before SCP had received the Taça da Liga.)


If that’s what it’s for, then get rid of it.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after his team had a seemingly good goal disallowed in the Taça da Liga semi-final defeat to Sporting.)


“If that’s what it’s for, then get rid of it.”
(Braga coach Abel Ferreira after his team had a seemingly good goal disallowed in the Taça da Liga semi-final defeat to Sporting.)


“Sadly, saying you’re from Braga doesn’t yet mean that you’re a fan of Sporting Clube de Braga”
(Braga president António Salvador ahead of the Taça da Liga semi-final between Braga and Sporting; the city is notoriously pro-Benfica.)


“It’s a difficult moment, there’s no getting away from it.”
(Boavista coach Jorge Simão after the 0-2 home defeat to Portimonense, leaving the club one point above the drop zone.)


“We train in mud.”
(Santa Clara coach João Henriques after a 7th straight home defeat, this time 0-1 to Marítimo.)


“Swiss army knife opens door of almost impregnable wall!”
(Headline in A Bola after Benfica’s Haris Seferovic came on as sub to score the only goal at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“We have to leave our skin, blood and soul on the pitch.”
(The new coach of bottom club Aves, Augusto Inácio, who took over from José Mota.)


“We’re going to turn it round.”
(Feirense coach Nuno Manta after going out of the Taça de Portugal to Sporting and looking towards the fight for survival in th
e Liga.)


“If that doesn’t hurt you it’s because you don’t feel football.”
(FC Porto keeper Iker Casillas about being on the bench.)


“The players were thirsty for points.”
(Chaves coach Tiago Fernandes after their first win in 12 games, taking them off the bottom
of the table.)


“That’s why football is cruel: we ended up with 22 shots to eight, and lost 1-0.”
(Boavista coach Jorge Simão after the home defeat to Marítimo.)


“It’s easy to give us a red, making us seem like thugs.”
(Santa Clara coach João Henriques after his team were reduced to 10 for the second half of the 0-2 home defeat to Benfica.)


“Today I have no intention whatsoever of working in Portugal.”
(José Mourinho, mooted for the vacant Benfica job.)


“It’s official. It’s from the heart.”
(Pepe announces his return to FC Porto.)


“We’re not going to take a step that’s bigger than our leg.”
(Moreirense coach Ivo Vieira plays down his side’s surprising campaign; they’re clear 5th.)


“It’s not me that you have to ask.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Lito Vidigal on the club’s delay in paying salaries to his players.)


“We’re cannon fodder.”
(Portimonense coach António Folha rails against fixture congestion.)


“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.)






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