‘There is no question of revenge’: Sergio Conceicao believes Porto are not motivated by previous history ahead of Champions League quarter-final clash with Liverpool
- Porto visit Liverpool for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash
- The teams met in the last-16 in 2018 with Liverpool winning 5-0 on aggregate
- Boss Sergio Conceicao insists the defeat is not a factor ahead of the reunion
Porto manager Sergio Conceicao insists revenge will not be the motivating factor for their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.
Last season the pair met in the last-16, but a 5-0 drubbing in the Estadio do Dragao in the first leg meant a goalless draw in the return at Anfield resulted in an early exit for the Portuguese side.
As humiliating as that defeat was, Conceicao insists it has been forgotten.
Sergio Conceicao is insistent that Porto will not be affected by their defeat to Liverpool in 2018
‘I’ve heard you constantly ask this question, ‘Liverpool, will it be revenge?’ I didn’t talk about it, you keep asking me about it,’ he said.
‘There is no question of revenge, it is a game of football. All games have a history to them, some different to others.
‘No single game can change the characteristics of our team. What happened last year was last year, end of story.
‘I don’t like losing. No-one likes losing in the final stages of the Champions League, particularly the first leg at home.
‘But we don’t need to be obsessing about that, negative thoughts are in the past. You don’t measure the value of teams by that one day.’
Liverpool recorded a 5-0 aggregate victory over the Portuguese club in the last-16
Porto have not won a European tie in England in 19 visits attempts, avoiding defeat on just three occasions.
But, despite being huge underdogs, Conceicao remains confident.
‘I don’t think anyone wanted to draw Liverpool,’ he said.
‘But I think it’s possible to win here tomorrow.’
Midfielder Danilo agreed.
‘I’m not going to point out their weak spots because they are strategies, we have but we aim to exploit them and take them by surprise,’ he said.