V. Guimarães: João Henriques wants to continue a series of victories at home against Rio Ave

The coach of Vitória de Guimarães, João Henriques, said today that the Minho team wants to “continue” the recent triumphs at home on Saturday, against Rio Ave, in a game related to the 19th round of the Portuguese First League.

Despite the draws added in the previous two rounds, both away, with Benfica (0-0) and Belenenses SAD (1-1), the team from Viana do Castelo remains undefeated for six games and wants to repeat the results of the last two at home, against Nacional (3-1) and Marítimo (1-0), stressed the coach.

“I foresee a difficult game. In all of them, it is difficult to win the three points. We came from a good sequence without losing. At home, we have achieved victories. We want to win again, to give consistency to our path”, he stressed, in the conference of preview of the meeting scheduled for 18:00.

Sixth in the table, with 31 points in 17 games, Vitória will receive an opponent that occupies the 10th position, with 19 points, and who, for João Henriques, is “looking to meet again” with coach Miguel Cardoso , looking at what he did in previous years and especially last season, when he came in fifth and got through to the Europa League second qualifying round.

“[O Rio Ave] he had a more unusual start to the season than usual, but with a new coach he is looking to meet again. There is a trainer who knows Rio Ave on the inside. He will be trying to restore some normality to what has been the last years at the club “, he observed.

Satisfied to have André André, an “experienced” midfielder who gives “stability to the team” and who failed the duel with the ‘blues’ as a punishment, the Victorian ‘helmsman’ also recognized that the four extremes he has – Quaresma, Rúben Lameiras, Marcus Edwards and Rochinha – allow him to “approach each game in different ways”.

Asked whether Vitória wanted fifth place at the end of the season or something else, João Henriques stressed that the club has a “realistic ambition” to, in the second round, “improve” the first 30 points, in an “atypical” season , in which it is necessary to “manage the group well and” know how to measure training loads “in view of the shorter duration of the I League – September to May – and the pandemic of covid-19.

“We will never be satisfied with the place we have. As long as we have teams ahead, we will try to reach them. In every game, we will try to do better. If we draw against a team in the first round, we will try to win in the second. If we lose against a team on the first lap, we will try better. We have no maximum limits “, he said.

The coach, 48 years old, also stressed that the interdiction of the National Stadium, decreed by the Portuguese Professional Football League on Tuesday due to the lack of conditions on the pitch, came to demonstrate that he was “right” in the criticisms he made before and after the game. game with Belenenses SAD.

Also questioned about the suggestion made on Thursday by Benfica coach Jorge Jesus for a meeting between the coaches of the I League with a view to improving Portuguese football, the Victorian coach was available for “that reflection”.

Vitória de Guimarães, sixth ranked in the I Liga, with 31 points, receives Rio Ave, 10th, with 19, in a match of the 19th round, scheduled for 18:00 on Saturday, at D. Afonso Henriques Stadium , in Guimarães, with referee by Gustavo Correia, from the Porto Football Association.

Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.

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