Statements from Marcel Keizer, coach of Sporting, at the end of the game with Benfica.
Game Review: "Today we showed character, congratulations to the players who showed their race from start to finish." Today there was only one team that really wanted to win, it was us, it was a very good performance against a very good team.
Importance of Bruno Fernandes: "Bruno clearly marks and is very important to us, but today the most important was the collective. Bruno fits very well in our team and we all fight, including Bruno, so it was a great game."
Emotional Importance of Being in the Cup Final:"The emotions will be there, of course, but we have come here with one goal: to win. We have not won anything yet, we have to continue working and improving our team, which is something we are going to do."
Sporting Cup Specialists? Sporting specializes in Cups? "I do not know if this is true, but today we showed character and I have to congratulate the players. They were fantastic, from the first to the last minute."
Why does not Sporting always play like this? "I do not think so.This was a very good performance against an equally good team.All teams do not play well week after week but we try to do it.If they look at the meters and the data of each game, we give much to the game and today saw that ".
Sporting qualified on Wednesday for the 29th time in the Portuguese Football Cup final by beating Benfica 1-0 at home and competing against FC Porto on 25 June. May. Having lost the first leg of the semi-finals 2-1, the 'lions' won at the Estádio José Alvalade with a Bruno Fernandes goal, which scored in the 75th minute, after having already scored the goal out that is worth the qualification.