(Translated by Thomas Snaith)
The atmosphere during the pre-match press conference, held on Tuesday 17. February 2015 was very relaxed. It was evident that Paulo Sousa was excited and looking forward to the job ahead. “I can’t wait to play our match against FC Porto, but the most important thing is that we are playing in the knock out stage, in the biggest competition in European football, measuring ourselves with the best.“
FC Porto can certainly be seen as one of these, having collected four European titles in the last 28 years and is currently playing amazing Champion’s League football. The Portuguese side did not lose a single game in the current competition and ended their group stage with a goal difference of 16:4, ahead of Shachhtar Donezk, Athletico Bilbao and Bate Borisov.
Rather score goals than prevent goals
Sousa mentioned Porto’s impressive stats as well as how he wants to rock their boat: “Our philosophy is to play offensive football. Even though we will try not to conceding at home our style of play does have certain risks. We are convinced that you can only win by scoring goals, rather than preventing them“. We need to play ambitious and brave football. We want to take the lead of the game. “