quotes - 2019



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“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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