October 1, 2023
″Otávio?  I breathed and he knew right away if I was more or less upset″

″Otávio? I breathed and he knew right away if I was more or less upset″

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Statements by Sérgio Conceição after FC Porto’s victory (3-1) over Shakhtar Donetsk, this Tuesday.

Balanced group in the Champions League: “The next game is against Gil Vicente, that’s the opponent we’re focused on now. The unused players have now gone to train, because we have to stay here for tomorrow. It’s a day that gets lost in terms of training unit. We have little time and we need him so much, because the work on the field is different and always better for the coaches. We are committed to the day to day and the next one is Gil. Then we talk about the other one (Barcelona).”

Atmosphere in the stadium: “It was a very beautiful environment. It’s a shame that it can’t be transported to Ukraine. We are all in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Today was a football game, in which many people have a different moment and forget some problems. We are part of this show.”

About André Franco and Otávio: “He’s a slightly different player, he’s gaining his space, getting his playing time. He has an easy relationship with the ball… Then there are other things that he needs to gain. Otávio worked with me seven times, eight years… Many. I was breathing and he knew straight away how I was, if I was nervous, more or less upset. It was important for FC Porto and for me. I also gave it to Otávio when he needed it.”

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