Ricardo Sousa: «We came with the lesson well studied»

Statements by Ricardo Sousa, after the game Portimonense-Mafra (2-4), of the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Football Cup, played today at Estádio Municipal de Portimão.

“We came with the lesson well studied. We knew we were going to face a beautiful team, very well guided. I have great respect for the Portimonense coach, who is doing an excellent job, but we have our weapons.

We knew we weren’t going to change anything about our process. We have a process since the first construction zone and we didn’t come here to play with the ‘bus’ in front of the goal, what we wanted was to create a lot of difficulty for Portimonense, to attack the opposing defense. We managed to have a lot of power, mainly in the management and speed we gave to the rhythm of the game.

We got a good victory. We wanted to continue making history. What I told the players before the game is that I didn’t want them, a day later, to regret not having given a little more than they should have and they, instead of giving 200 percent, gave 300. there are no impossible things in football, which, despite being a lower-ranking team, we have players of great quality.

Most of these players, two or three years ago, were playing in the Portuguese Championship. And I have no doubts that 10, 11 or 12 players from my team, if they were in the I Liga, would play easy.

We wanted to continue making history, we continue to make history, it’s still not enough. I want to be in Jamor. Since we won in Vila Franca de Xira I said I wanted to be in Jamor and a lot of people didn’t believe it. Here we have unequivocal proof that when there are dreams, they can come true.

We’re going to face a beautiful team, Tondela. I have already won a Cup as a player, at the service of Beira-Mar, and I want to be at Jamor at the end of the year. To beat us, they’ll have to run much faster than us.

One of the best captains I’ve ever had the pleasure of having, as a player, in a great club, Jorge Costa, once told me that we could be playing against a team with faster, stronger, more aggressive, more technical players, most everything, but that, in that club [FC Porto], we had to have more heart. And we are instilling the mystique that this club has a very big heart and that it is not easy for teams to be able to shoulder with us, due to the sense of perseverance and loyalty of these players.

This is not just a victory for the squad, it’s a victory for the city, because of the number of people who have supported us, week after week. I also don’t think it’s necessary to talk about the importance of the president in this club, being the second president with more years of leadership in professional football. It is necessary to congratulate a person who goes unnoticed in the midst of all this, but this success also passes through him. Quim Zé [José Cristo], regardless of being an invisible worker, this victory is very much his, for the choices he has had.

Until midnight, let’s celebrate this game. Then the festivities are over and we will be thinking about Estrela da Amadora. The Cup is further ahead.”

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