by Zsanett Furka, UEL Sports Journalism student
FC Porto and SC Braga will be brought together this week, for an all-Portuguese final in Dublin, and the Europa League trophy at stake.
A day before the final, FC Porto have high expectations for the game. Without any doubt, FC Porto are the stronger team with talisman Falcao, they are unbeaten in the Portuguese season and a victorious Portuguese Super Cup behind them. With a win manager André Villas-Boas would not only become the youngest coach to win a UEFA club competition with his 33 years, but also would follow in José Mourinho’s 2003 track and end the season with a treble.
FC Porto’s players trained in a very relaxed mood in Dublin Arena on Tuesday, under the instructions of Coach André Villas-Boas and his assistants, José Mário Rocha, Pedro Emanuel and Vítor Pereira, reaffirming their earlier comments at the press conference as a big family. “I hope this time I manage to win the thing; we’ve worked hard all season for this,” Joao Moutinho said, referring to his lost final with Sporting against PFC CSKA Moskva six years ago. “I’ve spoken to a few of the Braga players who played alongside me in 2005. In fact, we’ve even made a friendly bet with Miguel Garcia. But I don’t want to compare what happened at that final with tomorrow’s one. Then I was unable to win with Sporting, now I want a happy ending with Porto.”
Zsanett Furka’s trip to the UEFA Europa League Final was funded by UEL’s Going Global Bursary
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