Statements by central defender Coates after Sporting’s 2-1 victory at Sturm Graz this Thursday.
What does it mean to win and how did you win? « First of all, it was a good victory for the team. The first time that Sporting wins in Austria is very important for us. First, getting the three points for the Europa League and continuing to break club records. »
In the second half Sturm Graz made it 1-0. Has the game become more complicated? « No. We know that the name doesn’t matter, especially playing away. It’s going to be difficult, we were prepared for that. In the first half we expected them to press more. They waited a little. In the second half they scored without creating an opportunity. The team’s merit was who reacted positively and we were able to turn the result around. »
Do you feel a similar aura to when Sporting were champions? « We have to be very calm about these things. There is a lot left and the focus is game by game, as always. Now rest and rest, on Monday there is the First League. Let them talk, we have to be very focused on our work and day to day. «
About Diomante and Ignatius: « Well, well. Inácio we already knew a lot. Ousmane from last year, we have others who can play. The group in this aspect is strong and everyone can play in any position and the objective is that the difference is not so noticeable. »
Is the Championship the priority? « Obviously, for all of us the championship is the objective, but if we can fight for everything, we will fight. We know it is difficult, both the championship and the Europa League, but we will fight and the group is prepared for it. »
Is it possible to reach the Europa League final? « For the fans, obviously, it’s always possible, we have to stay calm and focus on the game by game. Now rest and think about Monday, in a difficult game. That’s the objective. »