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Porto boss Conceicao responds to Mikel Arteta’s comments

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao dismissed criticism from Mikel Arteta of Arsenal after the Gunners suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash.

Throughout the game, Arsenal didn’t produce a single shot on target, and the decisive goal came from Porto’s Galeno in the 94th minute.

After the game, Arteta aimed a dig at Porto’s tactics during the match, telling the media: “We are very used to playing against these defensive blocks, especially in the first half we lacked certain things.

“We will learn from it and do better in the second game. The best thing about our team was the attitude. We wanted to play. We didn’t lack aggression. Faced with such a low block and a team with no intention of playing, this is what we have to do.”

Conceicao: Arsenal wanted to play, we wanted to win

Later, Conceicao was informed of Arteta’s remarks and delivered a straightforward response to the Arsenal boss.

“It’s an opinion,” Conceicao said. “They wanted to play, we wanted to win.”

When further questioned about his team’s strategy for the game, Conceicao emphasized that he was content with allowing Arsenal to have a majority of the possession – they ended up with 65% possession – because he was confident that they wouldn’t capitalize on it.

“[Arteta] meant it, it seems to me,” he said of Arteta’s comments. “He is from a school that privileges the possession of the ball, like [Pep] Guardiola, the most successful coach. They think the best way to win is to prioritise possession.

“It depends on the team you have, the players you have and the strategy. 40-60% in possession is not a scandal, I wouldn’t mind having 30-70% and winning the same way. Possession of the ball is about what you do with it.

“Possession serves to score goals and not concede goals. We had more connected possession and a more direct game for our forwards. We were the most dangerous team today.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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