Porto coach sends Mikel Arteta brusque response after Arsenal coach criticized his playing style

FOOTBALL Porto coach sends Mikel Arteta brusque response after Arsenal coach criticized his playing style

Mark Kinyanjui 17:33 - 22.02.2024

Sergio Conceicao has brutally responded to Mikel Arteta, slamming the Arsenal manager's playing style after the Spaniard had openly critisised the Poto coach's tactics.

Porto manager Sergio Conceicao has brushed off criticism from Arsenal's Mikel Arteta following Arsenal's 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

 The decisive goal in the game came from Porto's Galeno in the 94th minute, and Arsenal failed to register a shot on target throughout the match.

Arteta, in post-match comments, took a swipe at Porto's tactics, stating, "We are very used to playing against these defensive blocks, especially in the first half we lacked certain things. We will learn from it and do better in the second game. 

"The best thing about our team was the attitude. We wanted to play. We didn’t lack aggression. Faced with such a low block and a team with no intention of playing, this is what we have to do."

Conceicao, upon learning of Arteta's remarks, offered a straightforward response, saying, "It’s an opinion. They wanted to play, we wanted to win."

Pressed further on Porto's approach to the game, Conceicao expressed contentment in allowing Arsenal a significant share of possession (65%), asserting his confidence that Arsenal wouldn't capitalize on it.

 He commented, "[Arteta] meant it, it seems to me. He is from a school that privileges the possession of the ball, like [Pep] Guardiola, the most successful coach. 

"They think the best way to win is to prioritize possession. It depends on the team you have, the players you have, and the strategy. 40-60% in possession is not a scandal, I wouldn’t mind having 30-70% and winning the same way.

 "Possession of the ball is about what you do with it. Possession serves to score goals and not concede goals. We had more connected possession and a more direct game for our forwards. We were the most dangerous team today."

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