quotes - 2021



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“It’s a result that fell from heaven.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after going out of the Taça da Liga to two late goals by Sporting sub Jovane Cabral.)


“We’re in a phase in which we can’t score goals.”
(Petit, coach of Belenenses SAD, who have six goals in 14 games...)


“We have to give our exhibitions a slap to get to the place we think the name of Famalicão deserves.”
(Fama coach João Pedro Sousa; the team have struggled to find their form this season.)


“When I arrived in Portugal, I had the equivalent of five euros.”
(FC Porto central defender Pepe on early hardships in his career.)


“We’ll do the sums in May.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after his side drew at home to Benfica and missed the chance to make up points on leaders Sporting.)


“In December the forecast was that this year there would be losses of between 276 and 350 million euros.”
(President of the Liga, Pedro Proença.)


“Braga don’t muck about.”
(Coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 5-0 Taça de Portugal win over Torreense.)


“The coach asked me to score, and that’s what I did.”
(Brazilian striker Evanilson after FC Porto’s extra-time 4-2 win over Nacional in the Taça de Portugal.)


“For players it isn’t a disease? Players aren’t human?”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus on the toll Covid is taking on his team.)


“When you can’t play the violin, you play the drums or the bass drum.”
(Paços de Ferreira coach Pepa after the hard-worked 2-0 win at Belenenses SAD.)


“I’ve been in worse situations and I’m still here.”
(Jesualdo Ferreira, coach of Boavista, one place above the drop zone.)


“I wasn’t used to this speculation and persecution, with intent to devalue.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus, pressed on the poor performances of his team.)


“I remember my childhood, when we were afraid of the PIDE.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa declines to comment on the suspension of coach Sérgio Conceição; the PIDE were Portugal’s secret police during the Salazar regime.)


“We’re only thinking of Sporting. We only see green.”
(Rúben Amorim, coach of Liga leaders Sporting, warns against distractions.)


“We’re used to hurricanes and vulcanoes.”
(Rui Cordeiro, president of Azores club Santa Clara, whose game against Benfica was suspended due to torrential rain and a waterlogged pitch.)


“The Portuguese championship is the sewer of sport.”
(President of the Players’ Union, Joaquim Evangelista.)


“I’ve been worried since the first day. We have to improve in lots of ways.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after beating title rivals Braga 2-0 to hold on to top spot.)





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