Coach Paulo Sérgio says that descent from Portimonense in the last round «hurts a lot»

Algarvians return to II Liga next season

The coach of Portimonense regretted the descent of your team to the II Football League, noting that «falling on the last day hurts a lot», after a recovery that left him to a point of maintenance.

“It's a very difficult, frustrating time. We made a fantastic recovery. We came from way back, practically condemned, and falling on the last day hurts a lot», he said, at the press conference after the match with Desportivo das Aves (2-0).

The victory over the last classified proved inconsequential, given the results of Tondela and Vitória de Setúbal, and Portimonense finished in 17th place, with 33 points, one of the setubalenses.

The coach said that the team, which restarted the championship in June, after a break due to the covid-19 pandemic, and six points behind in maintenance, had felt hampered by refereeing errors over the last few rounds.

«For those who came from as far back as we came, there was a sum of situations – some acceptable, the mistakes made by us, but the others not, nowadays, with the VAR. There was a set of decisions [of arbitration] that penalized us a lot. We stayed out of the I League by one point. I can't say which [error] cost me the most, they all cost us a lot», stressed Paulo Sérgio.

The coach of Portimonense expressed his belief in the Algarve club's return to the XNUMXst League, praising the "strength" of the SAD administration that manages professional football and the character of the players.

«Certainly that Portimonense will recover even stronger, because it provides excellent conditions for its professionals. It is a cry of hope and courage for the people of Portimo on this journey back to the top level. I am sure that this administration will follow this path with all the dedication», he said.

Paulo Sérgio, who had signed with the Portimão emblem until the end of this season, revealed that he has not yet thought about his future.

“I was just focused on what we had to do. I didn't think in the slightest about myself and what football has in store, it will. The only thing I can say is that I felt wonderful in Portimão. It was a pride and a pleasure to work here and I feel great sadness for not having achieved this goal», he concluded.