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Coates: "The group responded in the best way"

By Sporting CP
20 Oct, 2021

Sporting CP's captain pleased with victory in Istanbul

Sebastián Coates, scorer of Sporting CP's first two goals against Beşiktaş JK and involved in the move that led to the third, was satisfied with the 1-4 victory and praised the work done by the team.
“The whole team did very well and we got a great victory. The most important thing is that the group responded in the best way”, he said, before talking about the two goals he scored from near-identical corners.

“Normally, we practice a lot of set pieces. Sometimes it leads to a goal, sometimes it doesn't. We know we have quality takers, the coaching staff tell us where we have to go, and sometimes we win the ball and this happens", he explained.
The captain also spoke about the adverse atmosphere that the team encountered at Vodafone Park.
“All players like this type of atmosphere and playing this kind of game. It's very important to stay focused, especially in the first few minutes, and we achieved that. We knew Beşiktaş JK would push hard and try to steal the ball from us. They managed to do that in the first 15 minutes, but we knew that if we kept going and had more of the ball, we could cause a lot of damage to the opposition", considered the Uruguayan international.

“Now we have to take things game-by-game, as we always have. Today was a great victory for us, but we have to focus on the league and then continue like this in the Champions League”, he concluded.