It was just after 21:30 when Paulo Sousa arrived at the departure area at Humberto Delgado airport, in Lisbon, and he already had around two dozen Flamengo fans waiting.
With them, a banner that read “Fla-Portugal Embassy” and the hope that Paulo Sousa can be Brazilian champion.
Paulo Sousa went to them, put a Flamengo scarf around his neck and received two gift books on the history of the São Paulo emblem.
Visibly satisfied, Paulo Sousa acknowledged that it was “biggest crowd in the world” and stressed to be “exciting” the support received.
“We will have a lot of work, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of dedication and a lot of humility. It’s a team that will want to win every day, in every game, and that has to be done with quality and humility. We have a lot of quality, but for that, in order to win games, we’ll have a lot of work. that’s what i hope”, began by saying.
After the success achieved by Jorge Jesus at Flamengo – who won a Brazilian championship, the Brazilian Super Cup, the Libertadores Cup and the Recopa Sudamericana -, Paulo Sousa does not see an obstacle in that past to make the ‘mengão’ successful again.
“Jorge Jesus is no ghost. He’s a very good trainer. He has been demonstrating this, all the work he has done for various clubs and especially at Benfica. Ghost is not. He is a dedicated person, who enjoys what he does and has always demonstrated his quality and passion. As I will express my passion, with strong convictions of my ideas, my leadership and the ability I have, together with my staff and squad. Everything Flamengo is today is a maximum expression for us to aspire to win trophies”, he stressed.
Accompanied by the vice president of Flamengo, Marcos Braz, and by the goalkeeper coach Paulo Grilo, Paulo Sousa admitted having in his hands “the best cast in South America”, but despite this he hopes that the squad will be reinforced.
Regarding the controversial contract termination with the Polish football federation, of which he was the selector, Paulo Sousa says that he is already “past” and that at the moment is only focused on Flamengo.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve done, the changes within the four lines and the football we played. We were one of the teams that scored the most goals in qualifying for the next World Cup. We have always shown that we are protagonists and that is why I am proud to be able to dedicate myself and offer everything we have, with a lot of honesty and respect. When I made the decision to embrace a project with Flamengo’s greatness, it’s about him that I’m thinking and not about the past.”, he concluded.
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