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Ferro: "We were aggressive and committed to the idea we had"

By Sporting CP
24 Nov, 2020

The Sporting CP's assistant was pleased with a comprehensive win in the cup

Following the 1-7 cup victory over SG Sacavenense, Sporting CP assistant coach Emanuel Ferro analysed the performance in his post-match press conference.

"What we liked most was the serious and committed way we approached the game. We showed respect for the game, for our opponents and for the work that we do every day. We were aggressive and committed to the idea we had," he told journalists after the Taça de Portugal Third Round encounter, also praising the response from players who have featured less frequently this term.

"We wanted to prepare for this game seriously, and that has been our job in recent weeks. Those who played were those who had the best performance in training, which is our focus at all times. Our results have not just been down to the players, but the rather collective, the squad, the structure. Some players play more than others, but everyone is part of our plans."

One player coming in was Pedro Marques, who scored two goals to open his account for the club. Ferro explained that the young striker benefited from Sporting CP's "offensive capability."

"Pedro is undertaking his journey in the B team, where he has scored goals. Today he had the opportunity to play for us. He occupies a position close to the opposition goal. The team showed great offensive ability, and he took advantage of that."

"We keep an eye on the players we have on the B team and in the Under-23s. It is important to allow players to take advantage of their characteristics. In Pedro's case, he scores goals. It is not just about his work, however, but rather that of the collective."

Talking about the use of Matheus Nunes on the right wing during the second half, he commented that "Matheus has already played in that position at times. Nuno Mendes came back from national team duty with a knock, but he had recovered. Pedro Porro had played for Spain, which affected our decision. It is essential to realise that this team works as a whole. The players are ready to assume different positions: This is what makes a team."