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Feddal: "We have been growing in the Champions League"

By Sporting CP
24 Nov, 2021

​Words from the centre back before a crunch clash with Borussia Dortmund

Sporting CP defender Zouhair Feddal spoke on Tuesday in the press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.

The centre back rejected the idea that defensive consistency could be the key for Os Leões to achieve victory, stressing that the team always act as a whole.

“We always work both offensively and defensively, and we have a very compact block. The strength of our group is that we are a family and we always transmit this on the pitch. We are going into a very important game, after having achieved two good results. We have been growing in this competition, and it is a dream for us to compete in it", he began by saying.

 The Moroccan is one yellow card away from suspension in European competition, but stated that this would not affect the way that he approaches the match.

“Everyone always wants to play, but tomorrow we have a very important game for Sporting CP. We will play with motivation and desire. We're going to be up against great opposition and I hope I don't get a yellow card, but first I have to see if I play", he said before emphasising that the team are focused only on winning the match.

"We aren't thinking about celebrating going into the Round of 16, but rather on starting the game well and achieving our objective. There are three points available, just like any other game, but it's very important. We're only going to be focused on the game”.

Feddal also commented that he was very happy to be playing his debut season in the UEFA Champions League. “Over time I realised that I was right when I made the decision to come to Sporting CP, because the club gave me the opportunity to play in this competition. It's a dream for any child, and shows that dreams do come true. Fortunately, I managed to achieve this objective".