By Aitor Reveron
“Being the best striker of the competition is fantastic, it’s like a dream”
FC Porto’s Radamel Falcao to them to glory, with the only goal of the Europa League Final in Dublin last night, his 17th in the competition.
The 25 year old Colombian striker’s header decided the FC Porto-SC Braga with a phenomenal header after a cross from the right by his compatriot Freddy Guarin, establishing the final 1-0 in the 43rd minute. Falcao’s goal beat Jurgen Klinsmann’s record as highest in a European campaign, and making ‘the Tigre’, as the man of the match.
The UEFA Europa League title culminates a wonderful season for him and his team, Radamel Falcao couldn’t hide his contempt during the after match, however he still wants more.
Speaking after the match, on his achievement of 17 goals in the competition, he was overjoyed “ I am very happy to have won this trophy, all the team had the objective of achieving this, and it’s incredible. Being the best striker of the competition is fantastic, it’s like a dream, the squad has work hard to accomplish our objectives and finally we are rewarded. He dedicated his won to the fans and team mates, “they have worked hard too; they deserve no less than us”
Inevitably, Falcao will be a target in the summer transfer markets, but he has no plans to leave, “I have two years of contract, I intend to complete them, I am very happy and the people love me. Today I only think about Porto, obviously my career can take many directions in the future, but right now I only think about Porto and playing the Portuguese League. I hope next year we achieve the same in the Champions League;
Falcao also hopes Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas will also stay with the Portuguese side “he wants to stay and that his dream was always to train FC Porto, so I have no doubt he will do as he says, there is no doubt about that… It is not an easy task to keep 24 people happy and that they work, making them competitively all through the year. So it is a great achievement by our coach that all the players felt important and didn’t give up in any part of the season. This was vital to achieve our objectives”.
Following their domestic and European glory, FC Porta hope to repeat their success of the 2003 and 2004 seasons when Porto, then led by Jose Mourinho, managed to win the UEFA Cup and then the Champions League consecutively -, “next season we have the Champions League which is an objective for all of us. We all want to make a good impression in that competition and we will commence to prepare for it shortly. Although he was cautious about trying to repeat the past “ comparisons are not good sometimes, we have to be prudent. We have to go step by step because the biggest teams in the world compete in the Champions League, we have to respect them. Probably with the amount of work that we are doing we can perform well enough, however this is something for the next season, we don’t know what will happen”
And the secret to FC Porto’s victory, “ we are like a family, we all get along very well with each other and we have a very good coach who knows what everyone needs and can do for the squad. When a team works like Porto has done individualities arise, however this is a group of players with a same sentiment, fighting for the same objectives”
Aitor Reveron’s trip to the UEFA Europa League Final was funded by UEL’s Going Global Bursary
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