Sérgio Conceição hosted the pre-match press conference in Olival ahead of Sunday’s Week 33 Liga NOS match at Madeira against Nacional.
Although Porto is among the Liga leaders and Nacional towards the bottom, each team needs the 3 points to maintain their objectives, which in Porto’s case is keeping close to Benfica and Nacional trying to avoid relegation.
Brahimi (abductor) is a confirmed absence for the trip. Herrera is out due to suspension, but will still accompany the team for support.
“It’s traditionally a difficult pitch and we have to be prepared for it and go to Madeira to win the 3 points. We know they need points and it’s a final for both teams. Pressure? In a big club there is always pressure every match we play and this is perfectly natural.”
“All players are different from each other. He (Herrera) has an important role in what I want for the team, but there will be another player that will change some of our dynamics. I never complain about absences, for example, our best scorer has been out almost all season.”
COSTINHA (Nacional’s Relegation Battle)
“It’s difficult, but not impossible. We have to go in search of these next 6 points, whoever it is against. This week we had examples of teams that were nearly eliminated, but in the end advanced to the next big round. We will play a champion, a very strong team, but at least we will have the dignity and the panache of wanting to fight for the 3 points.”
MATCH DAY ROSTER
GK: Vaná, Diogo Costa, Mbaye
D: Maxi, Éder Militão, Pepe, Felipe, Manafá, Telles
M: Bruno Costa, Danilo, Otávio, Loum, Óliver, Herrera*
F: Hernâni, Aboubakar, Marega, Corona, André Pereira, Soares, Andrade