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Porto manager makes painful Arsenal admission in Champions League defeat

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao conveyed his disappointment as his team exited the Champions League following the defeat on penalties to Arsenal

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Porto manager Sergio Conceicao expressed frustration as his team bowed out of the Champions League after a dramatic penalty shootout loss to Arsenal. 

Despite a 1-0 victory in the home leg and a similar scoreline at the Emirates on Tuesday night, Porto succumbed to Arsenal, ending their quarter-final aspirations.

Conceicao voiced his disappointment, asserting Porto’s superiority over both legs of the tie. “It was inglorious to lose access to the quarter-finals in this way,” remarked the 49-year-old. “I think in both games we were superior.”

The Portuguese coach commended his team’s performance, emphasising their ability to neutralise Arsenal’s attacking threats with astute organisation. However, he lamented missed opportunities in the final third, believing the outcome should have favoured Porto.

“The game deserved to end in a draw within 90 minutes. There were some corners, but Arsenal scored 13 goals in the last 3 games, they are a team full of individual talents… and we managed to counter that with great organisation, and we had situations that we could have defined better in the last third.

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“We knew the pressure that Arsenal were going to put on, and the fact that the result was in our favour. Strategically, we played more directly in the first 20 minutes, because Arsenal came in with a lot of pressure.”

Despite the setback, Conceicao praised his players’ resilience and teamwork, hailing their efforts as a testament to their quality. “Congratulations to the players, they did a fantastic job, it was a demonstration of a great team,” he affirmed. “In both games, we were the team that deserved to go through.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta acknowledged Porto’s formidable challenge and lauded Conceicao’s tactical setup. “Magic, what we expected, a really tough opponent, really well organised,” commented the Spaniard. “They insisted in different ways, and it’s such a huge experience for us.”

Arteta reserved special praise for goalkeeper David Raya, whose heroics in the penalty shootout secured Arsenal’s progression. “Credit to David [Raya],” Arteta remarked. “He stood up, had an incredible personality and ambition, and at the end, he got rewarded with his moment.”

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  1. Chatty

    March 14, 2024 at 6:59 pm

    He must of watched a different match to everyone else unless he meant inferior.

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