Statements by Sérgio Conceição, coach of FC Porto, after the victory against Nacional (4-2), at the end of the meeting of the round of 16 of the Cup of Portugal in football, played at the Madeira Stadium, in Funchal.
“The most important thing was that the pass was achieved, in a game that was very successful on our part. In a very interesting possession dynamic and creating many chances. If we were more effective in offensive terms, perhaps today’s result could be historic. Then, in one or another individual error, which all teams end up making for ninety minutes, which turns out to be normal, ended up being fatal and giving the opponent a goal, but which does not pinch anything that was our performance.
I would rather not have done the extra time, but we did another 30 minutes and we have the trip, but that’s what it is. We have to recover. We have a medical department that gives us guarantees at that level. We are used to playing every three days, but it is true that we will be a little more loaded than Benfica, but that’s what it has to be. We have to overcome these difficulties and do everything to win the game, which is important in the main objective, which is the championship.
Today the pitch was not good, but I have to congratulate the people who take care of it, because, it should be noted, that they tried their best to make things go as smoothly as possible. In many moments we managed to use the width well, creating many goal situations. I would be worried if I could not create goal situations. Creating is closer to winning, without a doubt. There are things to fix, as we are always looking for that perfection, which is difficult to find, because the players are human and sometimes make mistakes.
It was a game where both teams really wanted to win and it is not easy for the referees either. There were dubious bids, which I haven’t had the opportunity to see yet and that’s why I can’t speak out in that regard. But it is clear that in what is passion and the heat of the game it is normal for us to look at refereeing in only one way, it is usually like that, either from me or from the Nacional coach.
The FC do Porto is theoretically stronger, has stronger players individually and we created a lot, but we need another type of characteristics that the players have to have, to not allow the opponent to score goals. We have not had a lack of patience in finishing. The goalkeeper of Nacional made a good display. But it is true that we have to be strong the moment we lose the ball. There is only one moment when we can rest, which is when the ball enters the goal. There we are calm and we celebrated. The goals we suffered today were in situations of small individual mistakes, which have always penalized us.
But with the good organization we have and our commitment, things will improve in this direction.
Today I adjusted. He is losing five minutes from the end, although having many strikers on the pitch is not synonymous with goal or danger, but from the way the game went, it was very important. We had the total guarantee of taking that risk and looking for the goal and the team was happy. “
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