Coates, who scored the opening goal in the 3-1 home win against İstanbul Başakşehir, was pleased with the first leg win in Alvalade but has warned against complacency with a tough second leg expected next Thursday in Istanbul.
“It would be an error to think we have already qualified for the next round,” said Coates during the Sport TV flash interview. “These days, every match is difficult. Now it is time to think about the Liga (Boavista) and then go to Turkey with everything we got.”
Sporting has been praised for playing its best match of the season.
“We had various opportunities, which gives the team confidence. We managed to score three goals and these days that is not easy. We earned the win, now we start to think about the Liga.”
Coates will miss his next match due to yellow card suspension.