The 42-year-old coach recognizes that the first victory for the championship, over Desportivo de Chaves (4-2), on Sunday, generated “a very positive feeling”
Coach Rui Borges stated this Friday that Moreirense’s players are confident to welcome Braga, who they see as a “great team”, in a delayed match on the third round of the I League.
The 42-year-old coach recognizes that the first victory for the championship, over Chaves (4-2), on Sunday, generated “a very positive feeling” in a squad with “a very good daily soul”, which lived “a very good job” and who aims to score points in the meeting scheduled for 6pm on Saturday, in the town of Moreira de Cónegos, municipality of Guimarães.
“The team has to be prepared for any moment of the game. Whoever is more balanced at all times is more likely to win. We will go through difficulties. We will not always be superior. The players are confident, aware of what can be a good football game”, he said, in the preview conference for the challenge.
The match was postponed because of the play-off to access the Champions League, in which Braga overtook the Greeks of Panathinaikos and reached the group stage, with Rui Borges stressing that the Arsenalistas are “a great team” for their ” collective value” and “individual value”.
Despite the absence of defender Niakaté and forwards Ricardo Horta and Abel Ruiz, called up for their respective national teams, the Moreirense coach stated that the quality of the Braga squad goes beyond that trio.
“These are very good values from Braga, but I don’t see things in that sense. For the players they have, there is a lot of quality, there is a strong investment from the club from a championship perspective. Abel Ruiz provides attacking depth. Banza provides other things. Given the characteristics of our stadium, perhaps it even fits perfectly with what the game requires”, he suggested.
Without winger Kodisang for Saturday’s duel, called up to the South African national team after starting the first four official games of the season, Rui Borges stressed that his players must always be “concentrated, rigorous and focused” to have more chances to win.
The canons’ helmsman also considered that 80% of a football game depends on the athletes’ “decision-making” in milliseconds and recognizes that the team demonstrated “unconscious complacency” in the way they defended the minimum advantage in Chaves, giving up have the ball at various times.
Moreirense, 10th in the Portuguese First League, with four points, receives Sporting de Braga, ninth, with the same points, in a game scheduled for 3:30 pm on Sunday, at the Estádio Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas, in Moreira de Cónegos , municipality of Guimarães, with arbitration by Cláudio Pereira, from the Aveiro Football Association.