Statements by Petit, Boavista coach, in the preview of the reception to Casa Pia, scheduled for 3:30 pm on Sunday
The maintenance of its main footballers until the end of the market is of particular importance in Boavista’s competitiveness, recognized coach Petit today, on the eve of the reception to Casa Pia, of the third round of the I Liga.
« I’ve been talking to the president (Vítor Murta) that we can’t lose anyone. Today, we’re even fine, but the championship is long, there are positive and negative cycles and we need to put together a strong group that knows how to overcome the difficulties we face. teams cannot always maintain a high level. Therefore, we hope that the market closes and we can continue with those who are here », stressed the technician, in a press conference.
The Bessa club started the competition with two wins and follow Sporting, FC Porto and Vitória de Guimarães at the top, even boasting a better goal difference – seven goals scored, against three conceded, but still prevented by FIFA from registering new players, in a when there are six days left in the transfer window.
« Greed for other clubs? One thing is good: it’s a sign that we are working and that the players are evolving. I have to do my job and have a clear conscience. I have trouble sleeping, because I would like to have an even better squad. competitive, but this group is strong, it gives me joy to get up and come work with them », he observed, in view of the proposals around Bruno Onyemaechi, Sebastián Pérez or Gaius Makouta.
Boavista had also started winning in the first two rounds of last season, but saw that series broken by the then recently promoted Casa Pia in the third round, now looking to debut with three consecutive successes for the first time since 1993/94.
« It gives us the humility to be equal to ourselves and it gives credit to the athletes, who have been working day by day to grow as a team and as a group. This has been noticed over these weeks. We already know the opponent from last season, but changing one or another detail in their way of defending. It will be a balanced duel, but we want to come in strong, have the ball and create situations to continue a good start. Now, we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground, because we only won two games », he stressed.
Petit has Bruno Lourenço again, who was suspended in the rout achieved at Portimonense (4-1), and has already seen the Uruguayan Rodrigo Abascal and the Frenchman Vincent Sasso, both central defenders, overcome injuries and recently returned to training.
« Since I arrived at Boavista, I have never clung to difficulties, but I have tried to find solutions. What we can control is the group. Often, we cannot only look at the part of the field, but also at the locker room. I was a player and I thought a little as they think. I’m a communicative coach and I like to know what’s going on with each one of them to help them. Our success is the unity in difficulty. With a strong and cohesive group, we’re overcoming this and we’ve given good answers to the challenges games », ended.
Boavista, part of the quartet of leaders, with six points, receives Casa Pia, eighth, with three, on Sunday, at 3:30 pm, at Estádio do Bessa, in Porto, in a match for the third round of the I Liga, with refereeing by Bruno Costa, from the association of Viana do Castelo.