Suara.com – FC Porto coach Sergio Conceicao feels the 0-2 defeat to Chelsea in the 2020/2021 Champions League quarter-final first leg as a sadistic result.
The reason is, Porto is indeed quite dominant in creating opportunities in home matches played in neutral venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla, Spain, Thursday (8/4/2021) early in the morning WIB.
“The results are quite sadistic, painful, because we played well. In the end what counts is the goal, and Chelsea scored it while we did not,” regretted Conceicao as reported by the official UEFA website.
The statistics on the official UEFA website note that Porto fired 12 attempted shots throughout the match, twice as many as Chelsea, but none of them resulted in a goal when Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored twice.
“We performed very well, were consistent in defense and were able to threaten when attacking. We could create several chances, unfortunately there were no goals,” said Conceicao.
Although already in a pinch position obliged to win by a similar score over Chelsea in the second leg, which is also played at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan next week, Conceicao does not want to lose faith in Porto’s chances.
“We are still in the middle of a round, let’s continue to believe. Porto may still advance (to the Champions League semifinals),” he boasted.
“The players were fantastic, they had a lot of weapons but we played more superiorly. Unfortunately there are no moral victories, only the final result counts,” said the former Portugal national team winger.
The same belief was expressed by the Porto midfielder on loan from Liverpool, Marko Grujic, who emphasized that this season The Dragons – nicknamed FC Porto – have shown that anything can happen in the Champions League, referring to their success in getting rid of Italian giants Juventus in the last 16 last.
“It’s hard to accept this result actually, because in the first half we fired eight shot attempts compared to those who only once,” said Grujic.
“We have shown we have that quality and will try to turn things around in the second leg. Porto have proven that in the Champions League everything is possible. With full enthusiasm and careful preparation, nothing is impossible,” he concluded.