quotes - 2020



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“We’re anxious for the day they let us re-open the doors of all the stadiums. [...] If not, the damage to all the clubs in Portugal will be irreparable.”
(Sporting Braga president António Salvador.)


“The result’s a lie; I don’t think either side deserved to win.”
(Santa Clara coach Daniel Ramos after the 1-0 defeat at Moreirense.)


“I’ll never be a problem but rather a solution.”
(Rio Ave coach Mário Silva after the 1-3 home defeat to Marítimo - the 5th straight game
without a win.)


“When we can’t manage to win, we can’t lose.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after the 1-1 draw at Farense.)


“Inspiration can be missing, but attitude is non-negotiable.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim ahead of the Liga game at Belenenses SAD.)


“The biggest mistake of my career was leaving Benfica to go to Mónaco on loan.”
(Former ‘child prodigy’ Freddy Adu.)


“It’s not fair to finish the game with a result like this.”
(Rio Ave coach Mário Silva after losing 3-0 at Braga.)


“The biggest loser this Monday is Portuguese football.”
(FC Porto site after the ‘B’ team’s 1-1 draw at Estoril in the Segunda Liga, Estoril equalizing with a penalty on 90+10.)


“No one steps on Farense!”
(SCF president João Barão Rodrigues in a press release after the 1-0 defeat at Sporting, the game decided by a controversial late penalty.)


“I only saw Feddal getting ice to his face.”
(Coach Rúben Amorim plays the innocent after Sporting get a late penalty [that wasn’t] to beat Farense.)


“We play very well, but we’re not the best team in Portugal.”
(Rúben Amorim, coach of Sporting, top of the Liga.)


“I look around me and I think we’re a team capable of winning everything.”
(FC Porto’s French defender Malang Sarr.)


“It’s hard to play every three days.”
(FC Porto forward Luis Díaz; FCP are involved in the Liga, Champions League, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga.)


“I’m a very lucky person - I get on well with the Taça da Liga.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after beating 2nd-tier Mafra to go through to the Final Four.)


“We knew that trying to win would be practically a Utopia.”
(Rui Narciso, coach o 3rd-tier Olímpico do Montijo, who lost 7-0 to Braga in the 4th round of the Taça de Portugal.)


“We lost a game but won a squad.”
(Tondela coach Pako Ayestarán after going out of the Taça de Portugal 2-1 at FC Porto.)


“We had an intermittent game - between bad and average.”
(Famalicão coach João Pedro Sousa after going out of the Taça de Portugal at Rio Ave.)


“We continue to carry the Portuguese flag through Europe.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“I’d like to get a strong English team - a Manchester United, a Tottenham ...”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal ahead of the draw for the last-32 of the Europa League.)


“Our blue and white DNA was out there.”
(FC Porto keeper Diogo Costa after the impressive performance and 2-0 win at Olympiacos in the last Champions League group game.)


“I hope to score many more goals for Benfica.”
(Brazilian forward Everton; he has two goals in nine games.)


“We showed that this team has quality.”
(Milton Mendes, caretaker coach of Marítimo, who lost at Farense and sank to the bottom of the Liga after getting just one point in the last six games.)


“We lost the game because we wanted to win.”
(Pepa, coach of Paços de Ferreira, after the 2-1 defeat at Benfica.)


“Today ‘they’ didn’t let us win.”
(Sporting’s João Mário after leaders SCP dropped two points at Famalicão; Coates had a goal [rightly] disallowed in added time.)


“This game is going to be Sporar plus 10.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim encouraging the Slovenian striker ahead of the game at Famalicão; Sporar has scored just two goals in eight games.)


“If anyone can find a statement of mine criticising a coach for having ten men behind the ball ... [slaps the table] a million euros!”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição
 ahead of a game expected to be just like that: Tondela at home.)


“This is UEFA - not exactly the Braga District League.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal after his team qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League.)


“I’d be pissed off too if I couldn’t win with that team and budget.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição reacting to Pep Guardiola after the 0-0 Champions League draw with Manchester City at the Dragão, which put FCP through to the last 16.)


“It was a complicated game against a team with a unique style: they pressure the refs and fall over at every foul, making it seem like they need an ambulance.”
(Manchester City captain Fernandinho after the 0-0 Champions League draw with FC Porto at the Dragão, which puts FCP through to the last 16.)


“It’s natural that you don’t know what ‘a lot of quality’ is in football.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus to a woman journalist who dared to suggest Benfica hadn’t been that good in the 2-1 win at Marítimo.)


“The team is more and more stable.”
(Vasco Seabra, coach of Boavista, who drew 0-0 at home to Belenenses SAD and dropped into the relegation zone.)


“I don’t dare say that I was a friend of his ... but I can state my admiration for a man who was a coach head to foot, a winner, a pragmatist, a serious, honest and direct man.”
(José Mourinho on Vítor Oliveira, who died of a heart attack on 28/11, aged 67.)


“The head’s in charge. All the rest only works if the head’s clear, if the ideas are clear, if there’s no dust in the air, no noise.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach João Henriques after the 2-0 win at Tondela that takes them to 5th.)


“We went toe-to-toe with the team that were leading the best championship in the world.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 3-3 draw against Leicester in the Europa League.)


“We just need one point, and all points are difficult in the Champions League.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-0 win at Marseille that puts FCP a small step away from qualifying for the last 16 of the CL.)


“We have Leicester on Thursday [Europa League] and who knows - it may be easier than this was.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 2-1 win at 3rd-tier Trofense in the Taça de Portugal.)


“It’ll be a long journey, with a lot of toll gates, and this is just the first of them.”
(Belenenses SAD coach Petit ahead of the 3rd round Taça de Portugal tie at Real.)


“That’s why I like the Taça de Portugal - returning to these mythical stadiums.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after the 2-0 win in the 3rd round of the Taça de Portugal at Fabril, formerly CUF.)


“On the eve of the game, they’re all dreaming about Benfica.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus ahead of the Taça de Portugal 3rd-round tie against minnows Paredes.)


“It’s difficult to beat Portugal, but with this attitude, we’re going to change that.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, not happy with the team’s Nations League performances against France and Croatia.)


“The responsibility’s mine - you can’t blame the team.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 0-1 defeat to France that put Portugal out of the
Nations League Final Four.)


“Benfica is above the law; we can’t treat all clubs equally.”
(Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, Portuguese Education Minister.)


“Benfica is a step forward for me.”
(German striker Luca Waldschmidt.)


“All games are serious - we can’t mess around.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the 7-0 friendly win over Andorra.)


“He wants to play in every game, every minute, every second - he never wants to come off.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Cristiano Ronaldo, ahead of the friendly against Andorra.)


“In my day it was cards night and day - luckily they [today’s players] are a little bit better.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos.)


“In Portugal we continue to make the mistakes of considering a player a superstar
after five games.”
(Ex-coach Manuel Cajuda on Sporting’s Pedro Gonçalves, the Liga’s top scorer with seven goals.)


“You don’t win at the Luz without blood, sweat and tears ... and a little bit of luck.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 3-2 win at Benfica.)


“It’s the beginning of a process and nothing’s done yet.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after the 4-0 win at Vitória de Guimarães that keeps SCP top of the Liga.)


“The goals will come.”
(Belenenses SAD coach Petit after the 0-0 draw with Rio Ave; BSAD have scored three goals in their seven games.)


“No one comes that I don’t trust or that has no quality.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Paulinho and Pedro Neto, called up to the squad for the first time for the upcoming Nations League games.)


“I don’t want circus seals or jugglers. I want footballers.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição responding to criticism of forward Moussa Marega’s lack of ball skills.)


“We managed to qualify for the Champions League and now we’re sh*t.”
(Coach André Villas Boas after his side were beaten 3-0 on his return to FC Porto’s Estádio do Dragão.)


“We were up against a Boavista that knew how to exploit our lack of quality.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the 3-0 defeat at the Bessa.)


“For us there’s no VAR, it doesn’t exist, week in week out. It’s revolting, and it’s hard.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio after the 1-2 home defeat to Santa Clara.)


“Last week was a scandal, and today everyone saw what happened.”
(Farense forward Pedro Henrique on the ref of Belenenses SAD 1-1 Farense.)


“An epic performance, verging on perfect.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after the 3-2 home win over FC Porto.)


“It’s more important to highlight Manuel’s socks, Joaquim’s earring or António’s tattoo.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal bemoans the media’s neglect of his team’s performances in Europe.)


“We won like a Grande, but we didn’t play like one.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after the 3-1 win over Gil Vicente; SCP were 0-1 down going into the last ten minutes.)


“We have to get used to it - it’s going to happen to everyone.”
(B SAD coach Petit after Cafu Phete tested positive for Coronavirus.)


“Two sport events. The same weekend. The same district. But those are the only similarities between these two images.”
(Liga president Pedro Proença shows photos of Farense v Rio Ave, with the attendance limited because of Covid, and the Portimão Grand Prix, with 27,500 in the stands.)


“It was FC Porto who adapted to Gil and not the other way round.”
(Gil Vicente coach Rui Almeida after going down 1-0 at FCP.)


“A bandit will always be a bandit, and in the end he’ll be remembered as a bandit.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas in a war of words with FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.)


“Unfortunately for me, I’m going to lose Darwin in no time at all.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jeus after the 4-2 Europa League win at Lech Poznan, in which the Uruguayan striker scored a hat-trick.)


“I owe an apology to all the referees in Portugal.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after going down at Manchester City in the Champions League, helped by some dubious refereeing decisions.)


“One speaks German, the other Spanish, and he knows very little English, but they understand each other with the language of football.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on Waldschmidt and Darwin, after the 3-0 win at Rio Ave.)


“You’re a disgrace.”
(The words directed at the match officials that got Sporting coach Rúben Amorim a red card against FC Porto.)


“I think it was the high point of my career so far.”
(Diogo Jota after scoring two goals and making one in the 3-0 Nations League defeat over Sweden.)


“It’s beautiful to watch Cristiano Ronaldo training - he’s like a kid.”
(Juventus coach Pirlo.)


“It wasn’t in my plans and it was very early.”
(Rúben Dias, given a yellow within two minutes for clattering the back of Giroud’s head with his elbow in the Nations League game in Paris.)


“Here we are again.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo, arriving in Paris, scene of the Seleção’s greatest moment of glory in 2016; Portugal play France in the Nations League on Sunday.)


“Danilo was at FC Porto for five years. He wasn’t motivated any more. He needed something different, a new challenge, in a more competitive league.”
(Daniel Lorenz, the agent of Danilo Pereira, recently transferred to PSG from FCP.)


“I have a perfectly clear conscience and I know that I haven’t committed any crime.”
(Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira, subject of several court cases.)


“All I need now is to be Champion of the World.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after the Portugal v Spain friendly, equalling Luís Felipe Scolari’s 74 games in charge.)


“I don’t cry because it’s over, I smile because it happened.”
(Full-back Alex Telles - who moves from FC Porto to Manchester United - about his time at FCP.)


“The team started a little anxiously today and it was a clear sign of what this team is and what happened last season.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the narrow win at home to Farense.)


“If we had to talk about the things Portuguese football has that are less good, we’d have enough cloth for sleeves.”
(Marítimo coach Lito Vidigal, reacting to criticism of his team’s playing style after the 3-2 win at FC Porto.)


“If a point was negative before the game, afterwards it’s worse.”
(Boavista coach Vasco Seabra after the 1-1 draw at Moreirense; BFC have two points from three games.)


“Today, football didn’t want us to go through.”
(Rio Ave forward Lucas Piazón after an heroic performance in the Europa League play-off that only finished after a 24-penalty shoot-out which Milan won 9-8.)


“We had a player of 18 or 19 shouting at highly experienced players and internationals and some care was needed.”
(Former Benfica coach Rui Vitória on Rúben Dias, transferred to Manchester City.)


“In exchange a player’s coming who’s 32 and who, in April, reminded us of his FC Porto inclination.”
(Candidate for Benfica president Rui Gomes da Silva on Otamendi, coming from Manchester City in exchange for Rúben Dias.)


“It’s a special moment - I think people understand why.”
(Benfica captain Rúben Dias after scoring the first in the 2-0 win over Moreirense. The player is reportedly headed for Manchester City.)


“The market’s just in front, along with the dog we also have there.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, asked about FCP’s possible activity in the transfer market; there’s a market near the training complex.)


“We’re through but it was just one game; we need to give it time.”
(Sporting assistant coach Emanuel Ferro after the 1-0 win over Aberdeen that puts SCP into the Europa League play-offs.)


“It was with stupefaction that we learned Sporting CP intend to change the name of their academy.”
(Press release from Nacional after SCP announced it was to use the name Academia Cristiano Ronaldo. The Madeiran club have been using Cristiano Ronaldo Campus Futebol for its academy since 2007.)


“Talk to me like that outside and I’ll bash your face in.”
(Braga centre-back Raul Silva to an unknown interlocutor after he was sent off from the bench in the 3-1 defeat at FC Porto.)


“The market has nothing to do with me. I’m not a director, I’m a coach, and I have to coach the players I have. But if we signed someone else, I wouldn’t be at all annoyed.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição.)


“We’re still a long way from what I want.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the 5-1 win at Famalicão on the opening day.)


“Sá Pinto wanted to let Trincão go.”
(Braga president António Salvador on former coach Ricardo Sá Pinto; Trincão was subsequently sold to Barcelona for €31m.)


“We did more good things than less positive things in this game.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after crashing out of the Champions League, 2-1 at PAOK.)


“That’s a La Palice truism.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos, asked if Cristiano Ronaldo - 2 goals, the first his 100th - made the difference in the 2-0 Nations League win in Sweden.)


“We’re to be congratulated: we scored four goals against the World Cup runners-up.”
(Midfielder Danilo after the Seleção’s 4-1 dismantling of Croatia in the Nations League.)


“We have to get used to this new way of life.”
(Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, in training with the Seleção.)


“I’ll have to pedal a lot to be able to be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo.”
(Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, in training with the Seleção.)


“I always dreamed of playing in the Champions League.”
(Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi signs for FC Porto.)


“Vertonghen made a fantastic choice.”
(Belgium coach Roberto Martínez on the central defender signing for Benfica.)


“It’s an award for the whole team.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, voted the Liga’s top coach for the 2019/20 season)


“We have to put the club where it deserves to be.”
(Marítimo captain Edgar Costa.)


“The goal has no age.”
(Moreirense’s Brazilian striker Nenê, 37.)


“The coach feels that he should have received €3m net.”
(Sporting director André Bernardo on the claims of Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic, who spent nine days at the club in 2018; SCP deducted 750k in taxes, and now UEFA is withholding European competition fees until that amount is paid to the coach.)


“I’d like to thank everyone that gave us the strength to reach the end with dignity, despite the nightmare we lived through.”
(Outgoing Aves coach Nuno Manta Santos after a turbulent season at the club.)


(Having the Champions League played in Portugal is UEFA recognsing our country and our Federation.”
(Ricardo Carvalho, chosen to carry the CL trophy to the official launch of the final stages of the 2019/20 competition, to be held in Lisbon.)


“Only one person [club president Luís Filipe Vieira] and one club could convince me to return to Portugal.”
(Jorge Jesus, presented as Benfica’s new coach.)


“The team today was the embodiment of the values of people from the north - that is: noble, humble and battlers.”
(FC Porto assitant coach Vítor Bruno after a 10-man FC Porto beat Benfica 2-1 in the 80th Final of the Taça de Portugal.)


“Cristiano Ronaldo is the Michael Jordan of football.”
(Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard.)


“Champions fall and they get up.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio after the Algarve side were relegated on the last day.)


“We have to know how to reflect, to see what are Portuguese football’s weaknesses.”
(Nuno Manta, coach of relegated Aves, after a hard season for the club on and off the pitch.)


“It was a very cruel game for my players.”
(Famalicão coach João Pedro Sousa after his team were pipped for a European place by Rio Ave in the dying minutes of their final games.)


“I’m not Santa Claus.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa insisting that youngsters Matchoi and Zé Oliveira deserved their debuts at Gil Vicente.)


“It was a way of calling attention to the problems of our football at this moment.”
(Aves coach Nuno Manta on the minute at the start of Aves 0-4 Benfica, when Aves players stood still in protest against unpaid salaries.)


“The only one who’s untouchable is Paulinho.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim on who might be transferred out in the close season; not the kit-man.)


“I’m prepared for that.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach Ivo Vieira on the possibility of being sacked after a disappointing season in which VSC finished 7th and failed to qualify for Europe.)


“We’re not eating ice-cream with our foreheads.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio, refusing to be distracted by trouble behind the scenes at Aves - opponents on the final day - which threatens to affect PSFC in their fight against the drop.)


“They’re the ones that make this club big, that feel the colours and are passionate about them.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição dedicates the title to the fans.)


“I haven’t been looking at the table.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio after his team beat Boavista to climb out of the relegation zone.)


“If we did the classification after the return [from Covid lockdown], we’d be fighting for a Champions League place.”
(Marítimo coach José Gomes.)


“We’re in a fight that we weren’t invited to.”
(João Pedro Sousa, coach of Famalicão, suprisingly in the running for a European place.)


“If FC Porto are Champions, our players have to feel that celebration and that pain.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim ahead of the game at FCP; one point will give FCP the title.)


“Benfica never throw in the towel.”
(Benfica coach Nélson Veríssimo after the 1-1 draw at Famalicão that means FC Porto need only draw one of their last three games to be Champions.)


“It was about time we arrived home with a smile on our faces.”
(Nuno Manta, coach of relegated Aves, after the 1-0 home win over Vitória de Setúbal, their first in 12 games.)


“I like to see this concern [from journalists] about Sporting drawing, but there’s no drama.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after the 0-0 draw at Moreirense.)


“Yes we wasted some time. But that’s not why Rio Ave lost.”
(Gil Vicente coach Vítor Oliveira after his team’s 1-0 win over the Vila do Conde side.)


“Losing like that is not unprestigious.”
(Boavista coach Daniel Ramos after the 3-1 defeat at Benfica.)


“It’s still mathematically possible.”
(Benfica’s new coach Nélson Veríssimo on the team’s title chances; they’re six points behind FC Porto with five games left.)


“Liverpool took a long time to get back to winning titles too.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim.)


“I’ve played in most divisions in England and I’ve never seen anything like it in my whole career - starting to re-build the team in the middle of the season. But it was what it was.”
(Yannick Bolasie as he leaves Sporting.)


“It doesn’t mean that I don’t have the quality or capacity to turn this round, as I’ve done before, but at this moment there are no conditions because it seems that everyone wants me to leave.”
(In the words of club president Luís Filipe Vieira ... what Benfica coach Bruno Lage said upon offering his resignation.)


“It’s a sign that here there are no enemies, only adversaries.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage, after FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição criticised his treament
by the press.)


“I continue to believe that it’s not because our opponents make more noise that they can influence the referees.”
(Carlos Pereira, president of struggling Marítimo.)


“Sometimes I think about who you’re touting to take my place or who it is that pays for your lunches, dinners and trips in order to take my place.”
(Benfica’s beleaguered coach Bruno Lage takes a swipe at journalists amid speculation on his position at the club.)


“I thought of finishing my career differently, but that’s football.”
(Sporting’s French central defender Jérémy Mathieu, 36, retires after suffering a serious knee injury in training.)


“Whoever scores four goals in the Luz has to win.”
(Santa Clara coach João Henriques after his side’s 4-3 win over Benfica.)


“I don’t answer idiotic questions. Next!”
FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, asked if it would have been better if the game with Boavista had been postponed since FCP have five players on the yellow card limit, with a tricky trip to Paços de Ferreira coming up.)


“Today is the most important day of my life. Welcome to the world, my son Bryan.”
(Real Bétis and Seleção midfielder William Carvalho, getting his priorities right.)


“The biggest sickness in Portugal is called acute clubitis.”
(Famalicão’s Fábio Martins, responding to the abuse suffered by Rio Ave’s Nuno Santos following the game against Benfica.)


“It’s not Benfica that pays my bills.”
(Rio Ave’s Nuno Santos after being sent off against Benfica and accused of being bought by them; he played for the SLB youth teams.)


“In Portuguese football, nothing suprises me anymore.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after he had two players sent off in the 2-1 home defeat to Benfica.)


“We know that we’re not going to win everything, but we’re going to fight to win everything.”
(Fernando Santos, renewing as Seleção coach until 2024.)


“Benfica haven’t won for several games either.”
(Gil Vicente coach Vítor Oliveira after losing 2-1 at Marítimo, their 3rd straight defeat.)


“He’s not playing on Wednesday - I don’t like bootlickers.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi scored the winner against Moreirense and sprinted to the touchline to thank CC for his mentoring.)


“Bruno Fernandes spoke to me before the game and motivated me. He’s an example, and this goal is for him.”
(Sporting winger Jovan Cabral after scoring the winner against Paços de Ferreira.)


“The virus of fanaticism is just as dangerous as the Covid virus.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição, asked to comment on the reent attack on the Benfica bus.)


“It was an opportunity to see the sea, and speak to the president.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage on his conversation with club president Luís Filipe Vieira ahead of the 2-2 draw at Portimonense, which puts Lage’s job in danger.)


“Two things are certain: I’m fit, and I haven’t got a label saying ‘sales’ tattooed on my body.”
(Ricardo Quaresma, the subject of transfer speculation in Turkey.)


“We conceded a goal worthy of Disney.”
(Rio Ave coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 2-3 home defeat to lowly Paços de Ferreira.)


“We wanted to win the game and Moreirense, with all due respect, came here to fish.”
(Boavista coach Daniel Ramos after dominating their visitors but losing 1-0.)


“We won 6-0, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t score, and he was furious in the changing room after the game.”
(Rafael Van de Vaart on CR’s attitude when at Real Madrid.)


“It was a good game - it was just the fans that were missing.”
(Vitória de Guimarães central defender Frederico Venâncio after the 2-2 home draw with Sporting, played behind closed doors because of the Covid pandemic.)


“I called my wife, my brother, my sister and my mother and started to cry.”
(Bruno Fernandes on his reaction when he learned a move to Manchester United was on.)


“All countries have colossuses [...] In Portugal, I experienced that at Benfica.”
(Sven-Goran Eriksson.)


“Sometimes I had to tell him: ‘Careful! I’ve only got one knee.’ ”
(Pedro Mantorras, injury-prone star of Benfica in the mid-00s, on team-mate Ricardo Rocha.)


“The Portuguese Liga has determined the immediate and indefinite suspension of the professional football competitions of the Liga NOS (top tier) and the Liga Pro (2nd tier).”
(Official press release in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The Liga was to stay suspended for 12 weeks.)


“It’s lucky we didn’t commit more fouls.”
(Aves coach Nuno Manta Santos; his team were reduced to nine men after just 20 minutes against Sporting, and after having committed just three fouls up to that point.)


“We had more than enough chances ... including a penalty the size of the Torre dos Clérigos that wasn’t given.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição uses a Porto landmark to take a dig at the ref after the 1-1 draw with Rio Ave.)


“Paying €10m for a coach is crazy.”
(Former Sporting star Luís Figo on the signing of Rúben Amorim from Braga.)


“Today is the start of the 2020/21 season.”
(Sporting president Frederico Varandas at the presentation of new coach Rúben Amorim.)


“I’m tired of slogans and banners just to look good.”
(FC Porto forward Moussa Marega, two weeks after the racist abuse he suffered at Vitória de Guimarães.)


“A great coach is coming, but he’s going to need everyone’s help.”
(Sporting coach Silas after the 3-1 defeat at Famalicão; he’s to be replaced by Braga’s Rúben Amorim.)


“My family suffers with this - the savagery and the lack of respect for people.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on the climate in Portuguese football.)


“We had nerves of steel..”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after the 3-1 win at Aves, which puts a 6-point space between Paços and the drop zone.)


“I’d prefer to not lose to Benfica and lose all the other games.”
(Giorgi Makaridze, keeper of Vitória de Setúbal, ahead of the VFC v Benfica game in the 24th jornada; he later apologised for the comment.)


“We’re going to get the points necessary to stay in the top flight.”
(Portimonense coach Paulo Sérgio after the 0-0 draw to Vitória de Setúbal; PFC are 2nd from bottom, provisionally three points and a possible six points from safety.)


“There are three things we can’t escape: death, taxes and being fired.”
(Benfica coach Bruno Lage, asked if his job is at risk after the Europa League exit to Shakhtar.)


“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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