“I was in the final for Braga and Benfica and I went to win with Aves” :: zerozero.pt

FC Porto and Tondela will meet this Sunday to play the grand final of the 2022 Portuguese Cup. counted beansbut there are past examples that demonstrate that favoritism is not at all synonymous with conquest.

In the last 10 editions of the competition, the so-called big three have only won five finals. If we exclude Braga from this equation, since it is even considered by many to be the ‘big room’, we have to go back to 2017/18 to find the last ‘small’ team that faced a ‘big’ and lifted the trophy of Portuguese Cup. It was the bird sportagainst Sporting (2-1), in a final still marked by the invasion of Alcochete, five days before the match.

“It was one of those games with a very big meaning. It was my last game of my career. For me it was special. He had already lost two Cup finals and was aiming to win the third , even though he knew how difficult it was going to be. I was in a final for Braga and another for Benfica and I went to win the Cup with Desportivo das Aves… It’s a bit unthinkable. Situations Unexpected things also came up at the time, like the Sporting situation, but we tried to do our job as well as possible knowing the difficulties. We had a minimal percentage, but it was possible to celebrate at the end. I think that ‘above all, believing that it was possible was fundamental,’ he began by recalling Who m in conversation with the zerozero.

“I remember it with nostalgia, because it was an unforgettable day. It’s a final that we won with great merit. But, above all, it was a day of great glory, not only for the fans of Desportivo das Aves, but fundamentally for those who love football. It was a very, very competitive final. Both teams have proven fit for a final. It is a day that I will remember forever, because that final and that victory was a dream for all of us, who started a career as footballers and, later, as coaches. We all dreamed of being in the final and winning was a historic achievement for all of us. Jose Motathen coach of Desportivo das Aves, in statements to the zerozero.

“We were convinced that we could win”

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In a match where favoritism is obvious for a team – in this case, for FC Porto – preparation is always more difficult and can be the key. Quim admits it was one of Desportivo das Aves’ secrets, but he mostly hailed the respect the Avens have always had for Sporting.

“The secret was to respect Sporting. Knowing the difficulties and the difficult week that Sporting went through, but having the notion of the value of Sporting and trying to do our job. We knew perfectly well that it would be difficult if Sporting scored first, because it would boost morale. We defended well, we tried to counter-attack better and in the few counter-attacks we had we tried to score goals. And that’s what happened. Then we knew that Sporting, at a disadvantage, would try to take the risk and we, continuing the counterattack, also managed to make it 2-0. Sporting further reduced in the final part, but it was one of those unexpected moments. Once said, no one believed in it at the beginning of time,” Quim explained.

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Cup of Portugal 2017/2018 placard

José Mota, coach responsible for the preparation and strategy that allowed Aves to win the historic conquest, recalled the quality of the Avens team at the time and highlighted as key the way the game was prepared, during a three-day course in Peniche.

“It’s important to realize that Aves had good players, they had a great team. We had managed to stay in Primeira Liga, a historic achievement also for Aves, who had never done so. The team also included players who had already won the Portuguese Cup and the League Cup. There were a number of players with some experience, who watched this final with a lot of determination and seriousness, in fact, all of us, and basically with the belief that we could win,” recalled José Mota.

“I remember the working week was based on the perspective of not only working on the points that we thought were important in the opposition, but also looking at ourselves a lot and what we could and should do. This final was very well done and the players were always focused on the limits and with the objective of victory. That was the main point. We were convinced that we could win the Portuguese Cup. That same belief, that same soul led to a hard-fought final, in which both teams did everything to win and Desportivo das Aves ended up having that little bit of luck you need in a final,” he said. -he adds.

“They have to get away from what happened in the championship”

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The scenarios, as José Mota and Quim insisted on pointing out, are not identical. Unlike Tondela, Aves had managed to keep him and reach the final motivated, and on the other side, in place of the national champion, there was a Sporting weakened by the events of Alcochete. Still, the two have left some advice for Tondela, who is looking to repeat the unexpected feat from 2017.

“The advice I can give Tondela is that they have to prepare very well for this final. The players have to distance themselves from what happened in the championship and they have to make themselves felt in the group. work that there are conditions. They cannot complain every day “we are going to face the national champion, we are going to face FC Porto”, they have to look at each other and realize that they have a Premier League team and that they have to have goals in playing this final and the will to win. That’s very important. If they don’t, if they don’t feel it and if there’s great appreciation towards the opponent, it is clear that they will be much closer to losing the final. We know the opponent is very strong, but Tondela must feel he has a chance to fight for the Cup. Portugal and to play a decent game. And who knows how to achieve a feat, which will always be a surprise, but surprises arr live in football,” advised José Mota.

“Tondela, unfortunately for them, has left the division and has a game there that can give encouragement. It’s difficult, but the hope of the Tondela supporters is the last to die. It’s a cup final and anything can happen, like it happened with Aves. And if FC Porto makes things easier, I have no doubt that Tondela will take advantage and surprise. (…) Undoubtedly, the situation of Aves at the time was different. Aves had remained in the Primeira Liga and had already come with some spirit. I think it won’t be easy for the Tondela players to face the game with relegation. They’re having a rough week and it tastes bittersweet. But that’s what I say, you have to believe and think about your partners, because their happiness is also important,” concluded Quim.

Tondela has in Desportivo das Aves an example to follow, and according to data from the playmaker statsin case of surprise in the final of the Portuguese Cup, the beirões will join precisely Aves and also Estrela da Amadora as the only teams to lift the trophy in the only final they have played.

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