quotes - 2019



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“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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