THE BALL – Miguel Braga reacts to the provocation of Pinto da Costa (Sporting)

Miguel Braga, Sporting’s communication director, was, as usual on Monday, on the Raio-X program, on Sporting TV, and commented on some hot topics, including the victory in Portimão, with Portimonense, now with the title handed over to FC Porto.

“The team had a lot of pride. The players have understood and know what Sporting is, they know that whatever calculations are made, we continue to have goals and victory was one of them,” he said. “We gave an excellent answer, the victory is quite fair,” he added.

Miguel Braga also praised Pablo Sarabia, once again decisive in Portimão but on the way out. “Quality players are still lacking in Portuguese football. We just have to thank him for what he has lent to Portuguese football,” he said.

Then comes Santa Clara and Miguel Braga remembered the match of the 1st round, won by the Azoreans. “Remember that Santa Clara stole three points from us in the Azores, the players want to settle the score. In a good way, of course. And they must enter with the same pride as Portimão”, defended Miguel Braga, who, in a balanced style, praised Rúben Amorim: “His speech shows what he has materialized, to be a champion, imposes a great demands on a day-to-day basis. It’s good that it also contaminates the mass of associations, you have to have the ambition to always fight for titles.”

Miguel Braga also commented on Pinto da Costa’s statements at the time of the win. “The greatness of a club is not seen only in victory, but in the way it is won and in the values ​​it conveys. We are proud of ours and that’s enough,” he said.

Finally, Miguel Braga also commented on the tribute that took place yesterday at the Estádio José Alvalade, usual on May 7, in memory of José Gonçalves and Paulo Ferreira, fans of Leo who died after the fall from the balcony, and Rui Mendes , hit by a very light at jamor. “It was an intimate ceremony, with survivors and family members, where the president and members of the governing bodies were present. There was an exchange of words and feelings, there was a minute of silence. The club does not forget these stories that stain our sport.

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