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Neto: "This trophy win was 'Made in Sporting CP'"

By Sporting CP
23 Jan, 2021

The defender expressed the feeling in the squad following the Taça da Liga triumph

After Sporting CP's Taça da Liga win against SC Braga, Luís Neto gave the post-match press conference and talked about earning his first trophy for the Club.

“This trophy is worth a lot because of how much we believe, both in the club and in the project. It's important to feel that this team, although young, are capable of winning trophies. We fought hard in a Final Four in which the four best teams in the league were present, and we won both games”, he began by saying.

“Despite our inexperience and not having many players who are used to big decisions, we showed that we are capable and that we have a group that will work through to May to honor the club", he said, before revealing a conversation he had with Gonçalo Inácio before the beginning of the final.

“I told him that if we won, it would be a trophy that was 'Made in Sporting CP. At the end of the game I spoke with Matheus Nunes, who told me that he was used to winning things in regional football and was suddenly winning a Taça da Liga. We are enabling these players to have a future in which they will earn the pleasure of winning silverware for Sporting CP. When the coach came along, this became a little bit more real - or the message was transmitted differently”, added Neto.

“The coach completely deserves this, for everything he has done for the squad. For example, last year there were many people questioning if Sporting CP were going to be able to fight for trophies due to the large number of young players at the club. When they talk about Matheus Nunes, Daniel Bragança, Eduardo Quaresma, Gonçalo Inácio, Luís Maximiano or Jovane Cabral next, they will be talking about players with a trophy to their name. That gives them another responsibility”.

Finally, Neto stressed that although this objective has been achieved, it is necessary to keep grounded, because there is much to achieve before the end of the season.

“We know what we have been able to do. The coach often tells us that Sporting CP are capable of beating any team in the league. That is what we have demonstrated and what we want to do in all of the remaining matches, starting with our game against Boavista FC. We have two days to recover. Now it's time to celebrate and enjoy ourselves, but knowing that tomorrow we will prepare for a difficult game, as usual. It's very important to keep following this path, and that is what we will try to do”, he concluded.