Sérgio Conceição showed his irritation, having heard a "sports commentator" say that Schalke04 was weaker than the Qarabag. In the preview of the game with the Germans, who can check out Porto, the coach explained that sometimes catching a 'big' in Europe and two less-qualified clubs in the group stage of the Champions League is easier to pass than in a group balanced as the blues and whites.
"After our first game in Germany, I heard a commentator of sport controversy that Schalke04 was weaker than Qaragab [n.d.r. adversário do Sporting na Liga Europa]. This light form of talking in the visions, trying to always minimize the feats of FC Porto, annoys me, I get annoyed. It is not normal. We do not catch a 'shark' but sometimes in groups with two 'sharks' and two 'dolphins' are easier to pass than in a balanced group, "he explained.
The coach has lavished praise on Schalke04 and the German League.
"The German League is one of the most competitive in the world. Schalke04 has been improving, it did an extraordinary job last year. [Liga Alemã] this year but it was foreseeable. We perceived isos when we looked at Schalke and realized that it was a very strong opponent. It has a system with a different base than usual, creates difficulties, knows what it wants. It's a very objective team. Tomorrow we will have the difficult game of this group stage and we are ready. For us, FC Porto, players, coaches and fans, it is a challenge how we face this game, try to condition the opponent, explore their fraglities, "he shot.
FC Porto and Schalke04 could enter the field already if Galatasaray did not win Lokomotiv Moscow. For the 'dragons', a victory on Wednesday guarantees, of this already, the first place of Group D.