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Pedro Gonçalves: "I did what I know best"

By Sporting CP
25 Nov, 2021

The scorer of a brace talks about the win in the Champions League

Pedro Gonçalves was the Man Of The Match against Borussia Dortmund, scoring twice for Sporting CP. He spoke to the media after the game to give his thoughts on a big European night.

“Scoring was important for the team and for the club. I'm proud to have scored these two goals. I felt like I wasn't doing well in the game, but I did what I know best, which is to score, and I'm very happy about that," he began by saying, adding: "Qualifying for the Round of 16 is an honour for the club and for the fans who came to the stadium today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart".

The goalscorer then downplayed the fact that he missed a second half penalty -turned in by Pedro Porro on the rebound- stressing that the main objective of victory was achieved.

“Over the past season and the current campaign, I got used to scoring braces many times, but the hat trick is still elusive. I'm very happy with the victory by the team, which was the most important thing”, he stressed, revealing that he always dreamed of such a moment.

"Everyone knows what the UEFA Champions League means; it's the best competition in Europe. I'm very happy to have got here, through a lot of dedication and hard work, and I hope I don't stop at this”, he said.

'Pote' also praised the Sportinguistas, who sold out the Estádio José Alvalade.

“We feel extremely strong when they are present. In matches where the stadium is not so full, they are missed as they often push us on.We are very happy to have the fans with us and I hope they will continue to support us, because we are here to dignify the club and always do our best for them”, he assured.

Next up for the team is a return to Liga Portugal action this weekend, and Gonçalves says: “We are already thinking about the next game, which will be against CD Tondela. Before the Round of 16 we still have matches in the two cups, and that's what we're going to focus on. It's about going game by game. We are ready for everythin”.