Sérgio Conceição explains why Taremi was the substitute

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Statements by Sérgio Conceição, FC Porto coach, after the home victory over Braga, by the slightest margin (1-0), in the 14th round of the Bwin League.

In the second half, FC Porto dropped too much? “I think it’s the normal course of play. With our altar pressure, we stole the ball and created a lot of danger. It was an excellent game, good publicity for our country, between two teams fighting for the same goals, to come first in the end We started very strong, understanding what Braga were doing, not letting that dynamic with a very interesting ball flow. We could have gone to half-time with another result. it’s easy, sometimes we have to manage in a different way. We started very strong again, we created some chances from good defensive organization. We understood the zone, the moment to press and how to do it, cause the error, not let the opponent connect , who likes to do so so much. I modified eleven a little, because I understand and I have the humility to understand that Braga are a good team and that we had to counteract some of Braga’s strengths, adjust to one situation or another. what went well, it was a good game and I think it was a deserved victory.”

Taremi no bank: “We have played with two forwards, but different from each other in terms of space occupation. Today it was different, I wanted Matheus to give freedom to our full-backs to pick up Braga’s full-backs, in that sense he played a fabulous game, in strategic terms he interpreted perfectly what we wanted. It allowed the three frontmen to be very pressing and to succeed in that pressure. Then with Marco [Grujic] and Vitinha not letting it connect, limiting Braga from reaching our defensive third. The players performed perfectly, but you can’t do it for 90 minutes.”

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