The coach of Portimonense admitted today that having only one point after two games with teams that have the same aspirations in the First Football League is "manifestly short", asking for a "strong" team at Sporting's Sunday reception (9:00 pm) .
“We played two league matches with opponents of our caliber and making a single point is clearly short. The message was passed, the alerts were given. It is important for everyone to wake up, because the competition has already started ”, stressed Paulo Sérgio, in the preview of the match of the 3rd round, about the tie with Paços de Ferreira and the defeat with Gil Vicente, pointing out that the team“ you can't go 45 minutes ahead ”as happened in Barcelos.
According to the coach, Portimonense and do their part to take advantage of the eventual bad moment of Sporting, eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday after a heavy home defeat against the Austrians of LASK Linz (1-4).
“Who has to expose any difficulties that Sporting may be experiencing is Portimonense. If we do not do our part, it does not matter whether the opponent is fragile or not. We have to focus on what we are able to do and on the high competitive level that we have to present ”, said the coach.
For Paulo Sérgio, “it doesn't matter what Sporting did yesterday”. “We know how he plays, the characteristics of his players, the solutions he has and that's what we need to focus on. It is not expecting Sporting to be weak so that we can do something. We have to be strong and that is what we work for ”, he added.
The coach of Portimonense, who until Tuesday, the day of the closing of the market, says he has “one more reinforcement”, left messages for players who are unable to be at their best level.
“The best‘ eleven ’are they who choose it. Performance will always be privileged, but today we have one tool in our hands: the five substitutions. And athletes have to realize that, if they are on half gas in the first 45 minutes, it is likely that among others because the level is very similar. Time will tell who stabilizes in the team ”, he maintained.
The lack of fans in the stands of football stadiums, while in other events there are people watching, was also the target of criticism by Paulo Sérgio, for whom "there were already conditions" to occupy 10 to 15 percent of the room's capacity.
"If we talk about 10 to 15 percent, maybe all the people who usually come will come, except for the 'big' games. What will be more work is organizing how people enter or leave the stadium. But there are so many events where it doesn't seem to be controlled, it seems that only football has to comply with all the rules and some more. Given events of various kinds across the country, it makes no sense not to have people in the stadiums ”, he concluded.