Rúben Amorim: «We didn’t score, Boavista won and that’s how football is»

Statements by Sporting coach Rúben Amorim, after the defeat against Boavista (1-2), in a game of the seventh round of the I Liga, played today in Porto.

“I missed scoring goals. We were dominant throughout the game. Boavista had few transitions and took advantage of two. We have to be better in the opportunities we create and in the amount of balls in which we push the opposing defense into their area. On the positive side, we never lost our cool.

We don’t make the same mistakes as [a derrota] as [Desportivo de] Keys. In the last 10 minutes, they didn’t play very well and there was some urgency, which is natural, but it wasn’t possible. We didn’t score. Boavista won and that’s football.

I think whoever saw the game didn’t see awe [pela vitória diante do Tottenham na Liga dos Campeões], nor physical fatigue. I saw several Boavista players falling down with cramps at the end of the match. Just look at the amount of opportunities we had, even in the balls where we are in front of the opposing area and we can define better.

When they lose, the ‘big’ teams want to play soon. It’s very difficult to have these breaks in a team that came from a good moment and was showing consistency in their performances, but not in their results. That weighs on the team. Now, the challenge is to maintain the identity, knowing that the punctual difference to the former is already starting to be large.

We have to face the moments of our sporting life calmly. We will work to be better in the next game. We no longer used to look at the standings when we were at the front for the last two years. It’s not worth looking there right now, but focusing a lot on what we can control and improve. The opportunities we grant are few. I look at things that way and not the result.

In those first 30 minutes when Boavista was pushing harder, we found space between the lines and in the aisles and we had to score a goal. That way, we could keep the ball all the time and call the opponent a little bit. When we are always at a disadvantage, it becomes difficult, as there are 11 players behind the line in midfield. Only if we are very inspired. That’s where we can evolve.”

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