Statements by Armando Evangelista, coach of Arouca, after the defeat against Sporting (1-2), in the League Cup semi-final game, played today at Estádio Municipal Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, in Leiria.
“It is obvious that we feel wronged. I don’t know what the protocol is, but it seems really weird. In a move in which João Basso is fouled, we end up scoring. In the middle of this, a goal disallowed, in a foul in our favor, it is possible to score a foul in favor of Sporting. I give the benefit of the doubt, the justification they gave is that it is the protocol.
If it were the other way around, the protocol would be different. I don’t believe they would invalidate a goal like this against Sporting, FC Porto and Benfica and justify it with protocol.
My players saw themselves wronged. During the break it was not easy to get the players back on stable emotional terms.
We entered the second half very well, we scored the equalizer and then, once again, I have many doubts about Sporting’s second goal, because I think it is offside.
It is obvious that the semi-final is not limited to cases of arbitration, it was clear why Arouca is in this semi-final. At least, our team dignified and sought to dignify the League Cup. It wasn’t Arouca that they wanted in the semi-final, but Arouca is a serious club, with very serious players, and that is capable of dignifying this competition.
What we did, we deserved to be here today. Arouca players had a personality that dignified football.
But this semi-final was also quality. And congratulations to Sporting, they had more offensive flow, more opportunities, more ball, but with our percentage of winning this game, being few, we did a lot. Hence be proud.
It’s a mixture of pride for being able to get here and after 90 minutes played the way they were, there’s a feeling of pain. When we take all the pieces together, I think that Arouca could also reach the final. This game didn’t need cases. Without the cases, it could be Sporting to pass and very well, it has the potential and quality for that, but the truth is that it could also be Arouca.
In relation to the 101 games, it is a pride, when we live in a time when the coach comes and goes very easily, there is little patience, there is talk of projects, but they do not exist. Proud not for the 101 games, but for the continuity. We have had a region and a village that has supported and believed. A direction that believes in what we are doing. Players who blindly follow what we want. So it turns out to be a source of pride and I hope it is also an example.
After three, we have something palpable, a promotion to the division, maintenance in the first year with many difficulties. This year we are looking to consolidate the status of I Liga, still a lot to play, but I think we are going in a good way. It’s a feeling of pride for this journey.
Arouca never lacked respect from opponents. The visibility of Arouca, with this participation, became more mediatic and here a month ago I believe that 50% of the Arouca squad did not know. Today 99% of the squad already know”.
Source: Futebol 365 by www.futebol365.pt.
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