The coach of Portimonense, Paulo Sérgio, asked the team today to “complete focus” on the fight for victory at the reception of Boavista, on Saturday, in the 16th round of the I Portuguese Football League.
“It will be a difficult game and we have, once again, to focus on ourselves, looking for perfection, for excellence, to put everything on the pitch from the first to the last second of the game”, said the coach of the Algarve.
Paulo Sérgio was speaking at the press conference to preview the match that pits Portimonense, ranked 13th, with 15 points, against Boavista, ranked 18th and last, with 11, on Saturday, at 20:30 pm, at the Municipal Stadium in Portimão.
For the coach, the fact that the Algarvians face the red lantern “cannot make the team relax”, pointing to the punctual difference between the last and seventh placed, which is only seven points.
“There is nothing here to say that whoever is in seventh, eighth or ninth is at peace. We don't have to look at the classification at the moment, but rather at the skills and responsibilities of each one and we try to be strong from the first to the last minute in the fight for the result”, he warned.
Paulo Sérgio said that the team is more confident with the positive results that were achieved, but pointed out that the point added away in the previous round against Moreirense (2-2) "will only have real impact, if they get the three points now".
“It is by adding points that our path has to be”, he highlighted.
The coach believes that Boavista will travel to Portimão to discuss the result, because "they are a good team, with a good squad and that this year added players of great value to the group".
“The experienced players who carried over from last season were joined by younger players with great value. We are warned, focused and we know it will be a difficult game”, he concluded.
According to the coach, most of the players are available to face Boavista, with the exception of midfielders Pedro Sá and Lucas Fernandes, recovering from injuries, and goalkeeper Samuel still absent from training because he had a positive result against Covid-19 .