The right-back lost his mobile phone during the festivities; Otávio assured that only winning the title in Dragão would be better than doing it in Luz.
FC Porto midfielder Otávio said in the early hours of this Sunday that only winning the league at the Estádio do Dragão would be better than doing it in Luz, as the “dragons” did on Saturday, winning 1-0, in the I Turns on.
“Best only in [Estádio do] Dragon. Second best, in Luz. Well, Sunday we celebrate again,” said the Portuguese international to Porto Canal, during the parade of the new national champions in the bandstand of the FC Porto stadium.
One by one, the players climbed the ramp that gave access to the stage where they were greeted by thousands of fans, to whom they wanted to thank and dedicate the specially celebrated title.
Two years ago, the last time the “dragons” were champions, the restrictions imposed by the health authorities, due to the covid-19 pandemic, prevented celebrations with the supporters.
Manafá was the first to point out this difference, stating that “this time it’s amazing, it has a different flavor”, but Uribe proved to be the most expansive.
“It’s very special, because two years ago we were in the middle of a pandemic and we couldn’t celebrate with the fans. These moments are wonderful for everyone. It’s very special for me and for everyone who are here,” the Whites’ “Blues and Midfielder” said.
João Mário, who lost his mobile phone during the festivities, also recalled that “he had already celebrated a” title, but “it was not possible to interact like now”, and thanked “the incredible crowd of Porto who joined the [Estádio do] Dragon”.
Visibly excited, many players couldn’t avoid some vernaculars, unaware that they were live on a national cable channel.
Some of them, on the other hand, also pointed to the conquest of the Portuguese Cup, the final of which is scheduled for May 22, at the Estádio Nacional do Jamor, in Oeiras.
“We were a very united team, brothers to each other, and the fruit of that is here. [de Portugal]. It’s a dream come true and I want to tell these fantastic fans that I will do everything for them,” said goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
Francisco Conceição, Galeno, Vitinha, Eustáquio, Fábio Vieira, Fernando Andrade, Cláudio Ramos and Wendell were other dragons who left statements to the same effect at the microphones of Porto Canal.
FC Porto became Portuguese football champions for the 30th time, beating Benfica 1-0 in a match in the 33rd and penultimate round of the I Liga.
At the Estádio da Luz, Zaidu, at 90+4 minutes, scored the winning goal for the blues and whites, in a game in which Benfica’s Darwin Núñez saw a goal disallowed by the video referee, for offside in the 52nd minute.