With a base similar to last season and looking for “tranquility”, Arouca returns to the I Portuguese Football League five years later, thanks to two consecutive promotions and keeping Armando Evangelista at the ‘helm’.
In July, speaking to journalists at the start of work for the new season, the 47-year-old coach said that, despite “the difficulties”, the team has to “reinvent, not regret and find solutions”, underlining the importance of ‘ foundations’ that carry over from the previous era.
“We carry a great base [do plantel da última época] because it has to be and because it has the quality for it. Strong input is important to gain some confidence. This base of players that transits facilitates the work and assimilation of processes, even for newcomers. We’re going to come in with greater demands, but with the principles we want for our game,” he stressed.
The brand image of the team last season was one of confidence in the processes with control of ball possession and game rhythm, ending up as the least beaten defense in the II League and with a final straight of 11 consecutive victories, including the two victories against Rio Ave in the uphill play-off.
“In football, when we don’t set ambitious goals, sometimes, emotionally, [que os jogadores] think themselves smaller than what they are. I want an ambitious team that believes they can surprise and do something different. Knowing in advance that maintenance this season would be fantastic”, he pointed out.
The emblem managed to hold on to key players from the previous campaign, such as ‘captain’ Thales, defenders João Basso and Sema Velázquez, midfielders Pedro Moreira and Leandro Silva, who was on loan and was permanently signed this season, and the attacking trio with André Silva, Arsenio and Bukia.
Leandro Silva is joined by the remaining reinforcements already announced by the club, such as Spanish midfielder Eugeni, Israeli striker Or Dasa and young Brazilian midfielder Antony, 19, while at the level of departures, the most impactful in the ‘eleven’ was that of Lawrence Ofori, who returned to Famalicão after being on loan.
Arouca, which starts this season with a budget of 4.5 million euros, will start the journey in the I League on Saturday, at the reception to Estoril Praia, after being eliminated by Rio Ave in the second phase of the League Cup ( 1-0), after beating Vilafranquense in the first (3-0).
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