The coach of Santa Clara today considered the Desportivo das Aves, team that will face on Saturday in the eighth round of the Football League, a "tremendously difficult opponent," despite taking the last place of the event.
"It's a terribly difficult opponent and the current classification is just a bad cycle at the beginning of the season, but I think it's a team that is going to be elsewhere in this championship, we're often misled: let's play with last ranked is easier, there are no easier matches in the first League, "noted Joao Henriques.
In a press conference held at the Estádio de São Miguel, the coach considered that all opponents of the I Football League "are difficult" and that it is up to Santa Clara "to be equal to itself" in the game of Saturday and try to "surpass" that who has done so far in the championship.
"The players are aware of the difficulties they are going to encounter, but we also know that at the moment we are a team that is seen in a different way by the other teams, different from what we were on the opening day. We were not known at all, no one would think we would enter the championship this way, but now everyone is aware of what Santa Clara is and will not make life easier for us, "he said.
Asked if it would be a good opportunity for Santa Clara to "take revenge" for what happened in the League Cup, in which he was eliminated by Desportivo das Aves (2-2, 8-7 on penalties), João Henriques assumes that the goal "is to do better".
"In football we always want to do better than the previous performance. It was a bit of bitter because we were in that game a very competent team and then we were not so competent to handle that 2-0 we had at the time and we were eliminated in the big penalties, "he said.
The coach warned that "now the story is different": "It is not for the purpose of revenge, but it is with the intention of improving what we did previously, knowing that to improve is to have to win the Sports of Birds and that this is nothing easy, "he said.
Santa Clara is in sixth place in the I Liga, with 11 points, while the Desportivo das Aves is the 18th and last, with only four points.