quotes - 2020



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“Football is a game of errors.”
(Benfica central defender Ferro.)


“We’re top and we don’t want to leave.”
(FC Porto left-back Alex Telles, who scored the only goal against Portimonenese to put FCP provisionally two points ahead of Benfica.)


“There are no victories without goals.”
(Marítimo coach José Gomes after the 1-0 defeat at Belenenses.)


“We played more with our hearts, less with our heads.”
(Aves coach Nuno Manta Santos after the 2-0 home defeat to Vitória de Guimarães that keeps them bottom of the Liga.)


“I’d just like to say to those idiots who come to the stadium to shout racist insults... fuck you.”
(FC Porto’s Malian forward Moussa Marega on social media after he left the field in FCP’s 2-1 win at Vitória de Guimarães, in protest at racist insults fired at him from the stands.)


“We want a president with charisma, which is not the case.”
(Sporting ultras Juve Leo on club president Frederico Varandas.)


“We’re going through a bad spell? We’re top of the league and in the Final of the Taça de Portugal.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage.)


“He’s mad! I laugh about it now, but at the time I cried.”
(Wolves winger Daniel Podence on Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus, when he was at Sporting.)


“We suffered a dubious penalty, but FC Porto’s victory is more than fair.”
(Académico de Viseu coach Rui Borges after losing 3-0 [agg. 4-1] in the Taça de Portugal Semi-final.)


“Famalicão had us on the ropes.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after the 1-1 draw at Fama in the second leg of the Taça de Portugal Semi-final; SLB go through 4-3 on aggregate.)


“This time, even a minor was insulted, spat on, humiliated.”
(Sporting press release condemning the violent action of fans outside the ground before the home game against Portimonense, protesting the current board; the daughter of a club official was one of those targeted.)


“It’s just three points.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição plays down the importance of the 3-2 win over Benfica that took FCP within four points of their rivals.)


“We asked for it.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after the 1-0 home defeat to Boavista.)


“It was a typical cup game, English-style.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after the 3-2 first-leg win over Famalicão in the Taça de Portugal Semi-final.)


“There was a lack of respect throughout the whole game.”
(Sporting centre-back Luís Neto takes a pop at the ref after the 1-0 defeat at Braga.)


“We weren’t good in any way.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Júlio Velásquez after the 4-0 drubbing at home to FC Porto.)


“Coaches always have their bags packed.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on speculation of his being replaced by Jorge Jesus.)


“I wasn’t a Lion from the cradle, but from now on I am.”
(Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes, on his way to Manchester United, vows eternal loyalty to Sporting.)


“Any club that wants to win needs everyone to row in the same direction.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Oliveira.)


“We got three points with blood, sweat and tears.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 2-1 win at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“We weren’t good at anything.”
(Tondela coach Natxo González after the 0-3 home defeat to Vitória de Setúbal.)


“There’s no union in the club.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição offers his resignation after the 1-0 defeat to Braga in the Taça da Liga Final.)


“We’re a big team, but we still have some groing to do.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Ivo Vieira after the 2-1 defeat to FC Porto in the Taça da Liga semi-final.)


“Neither team deserved to win.”
(Gil Vicente coach Vítor Oliveira after the 0-0 draw at Paços de Ferreira.)


“I’m no longer the coach of Portimonense.”
(António Folha falls on his sword after a 3-0 defeat at Aves that keeps Portimonense in the bottom two.)


“This is a lead that we recovered a year ago.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage after a win at Sporting and FC Porto losing at home to Braga gave Benfica a 7-point lead over FCP at the top.)


“I believe we can reach the Final.”
(Rui Borges, coach of 2nd-tier Académico de Viseu, after beating Canelas 2010 in the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal; they meet FC Porto in the semis ...)


“A dream dies here.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after Famalicão put them out of the Taça de Portugal.)


“I can go to Brazil, Russia or China, as long as they come to an agreement with the club’s president.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal, in demand.)


“Good performances are no good if you don’t get points.”
(Belenenses SAD coach Pedro Ribeiro after the 2-0 defeat at Gil Vicente; it was reported that he was about to get the sack after three straight defeats.)


(CMTV caption after Sporting beat Vitória de Setúbal 3-1. VFC had asked for the game to be postponed after most of the club’s players went down with the flu ahead of their game, but Sporting refused.)


“I have a team of shit.”
(Vitória de Setúbal coach Julio Velásquez after most of his players went down with the flu ahead of their home game against Sporting, who refused to postpone.)


“I wasn’t well for six months in Portugal; I lost part of my essence.”
(Former Benfica striker Raúl de Tomás, transferred to Spanish club Español.)


“I heard them talking about me in the changing room and went to the bathroom to cry.”
(Atlético Madrid forward João Félix on less-than-happy times at Benfica.)


“Being at FC Porto is worth nothing if it’s not accompanied, on a daily basis, by passion and determination.”
(FCP coach Sérgio Conceição.)





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