Porto manager Sérgio Conceição did not hold back on what he thought of his own players following their 2-1 defeat to Portimonense in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday
The Primeira Liga champions went two goals down before the break to condemn them to their first defeat of the preseason, despite André Pereira scoring a goal later on.
While one could argue that Portimonense are much further ahead in their preparations for the new season, Conceição was not going to bail his players out with any excuses and sent Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa a clear message through the media afterwards.
“We need solutions,” said Conceição, according to the Record.
“The goals conceded arose from mistakes that cannot happen, it has to do with the work of the defensive line, in which we had some difficulties, the result was a bit misleading at half-time, then I made a scramble, we scored and we could have scored more.”
“I have half a dozen players who are not good enough to play for Porto. It’s plain for everybody to see. I ended the match with a defensive line consisting of Oleg, who plays for the B team, Mikel, Diogo Leite, who is also with the B team, and Janko”,
“There are a lot of things we have to do, there are half a dozen players who cannot play for FC Porto. Mikel, Leite who came from the B team and Janko, then Ewerton, Bruno Costa, André Pereira … These are, kids who came from team B or borrowed. ”
He added: “This is the truth and I can not hide it.”
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And the 43-year-old has already made his feeling clear to the board.
“We have to go looking for solutions, I told the management, I already talked to the president,” said Conceição.
The coach’s outburst comes after Porto made €60m from sales this summer in the departures of Diogo Dalot, Miguel Layún, Iván Marcano and Ricardo Pereira.
And Porto have only added €14m in purchasing new players with just three weeks remaining until they begin their title defence in a home game against Chaves on August 12.