quotes - 2021



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“At this level, it’s not possible to not give a goal like that.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-minute ‘goal’ against Serbia in the World Cup qualifier.)


“In my opinion, there’s not as much difference as people think between the Spanish and Portuguese top tiers.”
(Tondela’s Spanish striker Mario González.)


“There won’t be any twisting of ears.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos after Portugal’s indifferent performance and narrow win over Azerbaijan in the World Cup qualifiers.)


“It’s fundamental to believe that the dream is possible, but if we only dream, we could wake up and it’s a nightmare.”
(Seleção coach Fernando Santos on Portugal’s chances of winning the World Cup.)


“You’re going to help pharmacies continue to sell a lot of Rennies.”
(FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa to midfielder Otávio, who extended his contract with the club.)


“Everything bad that could happen happened.”
(Júlio Velásquez, coach of Maritimo, after the 0-4 home defeat to fellow-strugglers Famalicão, which sent CSM to the bottom.)


“It’s clearly possible to drop ten points by the end of the season.”
(Rúben Amorim, coach of leaders Sporting, warns against complacency with ten games left.)


“The fans have suffered a lot up to now ... and they’re going to continue to suffer.”
(Gil Vicente coach Ricardo Soares after his team beat fellow strugglers Nacional.)


“Counting on us being in the World Cup Finals is dangerous.”

(Seleção coach Fernando Santos sounds a warning as he announces the squad for the first wave of World Cup 2022 qualifiers.)


“Great challenges make great men.”
(Banner in the stands at Famalicão 2-2 Braga; Fama are in danger of going down.)


“Believe me, this story is far from over. The future is tomorrow, and there’s a lot to win for Juventus and Portugal.”
(Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a hat-trick for Juventus and reaching 770 career goals, beating Pelé’s record of 769.)


“The refs haven’t got a clue because they never played.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after Taarabt had a goal disallowed for a foul in the 2-0 win over Boavista at the Luz.)


“I’m not very commercial, but I do my job.”
(Belenenses SAD coach Petit, responding to recent criticism.)


“I hope this is just the start of a beautiful journey.”
(Benfica centre-back Lucas Veríssimo after scoring his first goal for the club against Belenenses SAD.)


“The players managed to bring the real essence and DNA of FC Porto to the game, with incredible determination and spirit of sacrifice.”
(FCP coach Sérgio Conceição after knocking Juventus out of the Champions League and qualifying for the quarter-finals.)


“We’re approaching this game just as we did the last one in Barcelos [against Gil Vicente].”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição ahead of the Champions League last-16 second leg at Juventus.)


“Every day I wake up with strength to fight because I was born naked and today I’m clothed.”
(Milton Mendes, coach of bottom club Marítimo, who lost yet again. [sacked 08/03/21])


“Nothing to say - they were much better.”(Tondela coach Pako Ayestarán, being honest after the 3-0 defeat at Portimonense.)


“The game only ends when the ref blows the whistle.”
(Sporting’s Uruguayan captain Sebastián Coates after scoring the winner against Santa Clara in the last minute of added time.)


“I just want to help my team-mates to continue fighting and, God willing, to be champions.”
(Benfica’s Brazilian centre-back Lucas Veríssimo. But He will have to be very willing; SLB are 13 points adrift of leaders Sporting, with 13 games left.)


“For me, they’re the best team playing in Portugal.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição on Braga, ahead of their Taça de Portugal semi-final, 2nd leg. Braga won ... knocking FCP out.)


“Sure, we scored two goals, but we also conceded two.”
(Belenenses SAD coach Petit summarises the draw at Moreirense, BSAD’s 10th of the season.)


“You have to have values and respect opponents, and I don’t think calling me a ‘son of a whore’ is the best thing.”
(Sporting’s Spanish full back Pedro Porro on an incident after Saturday’s clássico when he went to shake hands with FC Porto’s Francisco Conceição.)


“It was an adult exhibition by the kids.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after the draw at FC Porto, a firm step towards the title by SCP.)


“If Sporting are worried about penalties, we’re worried about the screams.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição ahead of the FCP v SCP clássico; Sporting have commented on the number of penalties awarded to FCP, while the FCP coach is more concerned about the histrionics of SCP players.)


“It seems like everything’s against us.”
(Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt after going out to Arsenal in the Europa League.)


“I’m living a dream.”
(FC Porto winger Francisco Conceição, son of coach Sérgio, after winning the penalty that gave FCP all three points at Marítimo.)


“We work a lot on decompressing the central nervous system.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal after the 4-2 win over Tondela, three days after the Europa League game against AS Roma.)


“He said he had a 1,000-km trip after the game and got sent off for that.”
(Diogo Boa Alma, director of Azores side Santa Clara, on coach Daniel Ramos, who saw a red after the final whistle of the 1-0 defeat at Gil Vicente; the goal was a soft penalty in added time.)


“It’s increasingly difficult to choose the starting 11.”
(Rúben Amorim, coach of leaders Sporting, reflecting on the motivation of his squad; they’re all in form and desperate to play.)


“This team is unlucky - it’s important to have a bit of luck.”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus after the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Europa League. The team and JJ have been criticised for their poor form.)


“Everything’s on the table, including those two bottles of wine.”
(Marítimo coach Milton Mendes after a 5th straight defeat at Tondela, asked at the press conference if his job is on the line..)


“Everyone says what they like in our team. I don’t prohibit anyone from saying anything. What I do prohibit is that they stop working, running, and doing what they’re doing on the pitch.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim on talk of the title.)


“Giving up is not an option; in football, everything changes very quickly.”
(Jorge Jesus, coach of Benfica, after drawing 1-1 at Moreirense to go ten points behind leaders Sporting, who have a game in hand.)


“To play for FC Porto, it’s not enough to have a contract or look good on social media.”
(FCP coach Sérgio Conceição after a terrible first half and 2-2 draw against Boavista.)


“It’s going to be suffering until the end.”
(Petit, coach of BSAD, who drew 0-0 at Famalicão and are just four points above the relegation zone.)


“In Portugal, you have this psychosis that pressure off the pitch, on the refs, behind the scenes, helps to win games!”
(Benfica coach Jorge Jesus.)


“Stop playing with FC Porto!”
(Pinto da Costa, president of FCP, after they had two players sent off in the Taça de Portugal semi-final at Braga.)


“Arrogance and bragging are halfway towards defeat, and extra vitamins for our rivals.”
(Frederico Varandas, president of Sporting, after they went eight points clear at the top of the Liga.)


“The players out there were all winners because they didn’t get injured.”
(Vitória de Guimarães coach João Henriques after the 1-1 draw against Belenenses SAD on the atrocious National Stadium pitch.)


“We were robbed and mistreated.”
(Boavista president Vítor Murta has a dig at the ref after the 1-2 defeat at home to Gil Vicente.)


“Today we were tricked, we were robbed.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição has a dig at the ref after the 0-0 draw at BSAD.)


“Let’s see who are the men we have in the house.”
(Benfica director Rui Costa amid dissatisfaction with the team’s form.)


“It’s not over. No one in this group is giving up.”
(Benfica’s acting coach João de Deus after the 1-0 defeat at leaders Sporting that puts them nine points behind their Lisbon rivals.)


“Now I’m a better coach, but I’m a worse uncle, worse brother, worse father, worse husband, because I left my family over there.”
(Abel Ferreira, Portuguese coach of Brazilian club Palmeiras, after winning the Copa Libertadores.)


“It’s going to be a big war to stay up.”
(Nacional coach Luís Freire.)


“Coming back was a moment of joy because, as everyone knows, we’re living through a catastrophe.”
(FC Porto midfielder Sérgio Oliveira, back after contracting Covid.)


“In the middle of the storm we have to manage to survive and go to the game with what we have, making our weaknesses strengths.”
(Benfica assistant coach João de Deus after the 3-0 win over Belenenses SAD that put SLB through to the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal; the club has been hit by Covid infections.)


“We have to stem the flow of blood from this heavy hit.”
(Marítimo coach Milton Mendes after the 1-3 home defeat to 2nd-tier Estoril in the Taça de Portugal.)


“The images are worth more than a thousand words.”
(Sporting coach Rúben Amorim after his midfielder Palhinha was shown a soft yellow card that will see him miss next week’s game ... against Benfica.)


“There’s nothing to explain; they’re normal football things.”
(FC Porto coach Sérgio Conceição after captain Pepe and team-mate Loum engaged in a bit of argy-bargy following the 1-0 win at Farense.)


“Our objective is to stay up, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming.”
(Pepa, coach of Paços de Ferreira, after another win that put them provisionally 4th.)


“It’s a sign they feel small beside our club.”
(Braga president António Salvador on Sporting’s wild celebrations after winning the Taça da Liga.)


“It reminds me of the great player who was supposed to be coming to Portugal at the start of the season and made the front pages for 45 days.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal on the ‘Paulinho to Sporting?’ saga, likening it to the speculation about Cavani to Benfica.)


“We came to Leiria with the hotel booked until Saturday.”
(Braga coach Carlos Carvalhal after clinching a place in the Taça da Liga Final with a 2-1 win over Benfica.)


“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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