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Amorim: "It was an important victory"

By Sporting CP
14 Nov, 2022

The coach's verdict on the win over FC Famalicão

After a 1-2 victory for Sporting Clube de Portugal away to FC Famalicão, coach Rúben Amorim thanked the fans for making the trip to watch the game.

"The way they support us is different, in a good way. We really appreciate their support and it will help us in the future. We will get back to being as competitive as we were before, and we are taking steps towards that," he told journalists in his post-match press conference.

"It was a fair victory. We started well, dominating and controlling the transitions. We could and should have scored more goals. We mixed up our movement of the ball a little and that's when the goals came. We went into the break winning deservedly and were looking for the third goal, but we weren't as agile in looking for positions or as quick to change switch flanks. We conceded, and from there it was a question of maintaining the scoreline until the game ended," he said, admitting that the team "needed this victory a lot."

"Big teams live off consistency. It's the result that counts, so winning is relevant in improving the team's performance. We have not been consistent in our results, but we have been in our performances, and today we brought the two things together. In the second half we didn't have the same speed, which was dangerous. We had several chances for a third goal and, from the moment they made it 1-2 onwards, things switched. FC Famalicão started to have more of the ball and to launch it into the area. It was a very important victory. Moving up the table is important, as we are far off our targets and we know it."

Finally, the coach commented on the work that will be done during the break for the World Cup.

"My feeling today was that maybe we shouldn't stop. Two weeks ago, when we were in a more difficult moment, we needed a break. The break will be important for players like Sotiris Alexandropoulos, Jeremiah St. Juste, Dário Essugo and Mateus Fernandes. We will have more time to do what we have been doing all year: Work with scouting and prepare the future of Sporting CP. This victory is good for us to face the break with optimism," he stated.