Words from Chaínho, former FC Porto player, days before the Supercup between FC Porto and Tondela.
FC Porto is “clearly superior” to Tondela and “will emerge victorious with greater or lesser difficulty” in the Super Cup dispute Cândido de Oliveira, on Saturday, predicts former footballer Carlos Chaínho, with a past linked to both clubs.
“As much as the level of pre-season games is reasonable, the first official match is always different. We have to be honest and say that FC Porto are favorites, against a Tondela that has changed a lot and is in a different division. that I saw in the last game [vitória sobre o Mónaco por 2-1]FC Porto has good dynamics and processes very similar to last year”, the former midfielder, winner of the third most important national competition at the service of the “dragões” in 1998 and 1999, the second with the secondary Sea shore.
FC Porto, national champion and winner of the Portuguese Cup in 2021/22, and the recently relegated Tondela, won finalist of the queen competition, face each other on Saturday, at 20:45, at Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, in the 44th edition of the Cândido de Oliveira Supercup.
“Tondela will always come in to win. They are unique opportunities. It all depends on the mentality of the athletes and what they believe in, because the teams are not at the top at this stage and Tondela should surprise. Comparing the two teams, I see FC Porto always as a candidate, but Sérgio Conceição will definitely talk to his players to be alert, as surprises can happen”, he acknowledged.
Chaínho, who represented the blues and whites from 1998 to 2001, understands that “many things will be resolved” until the completion of the market in the squad of national champions, from which Mbemba, Vítor Ferreira, Fábio Vieira or Francisco Conceição have already left.
“I think FC Porto will be the same in behavioral terms. As for the idea of the game, I’m curious to know what Sérgio Conceição thinks. There may be one or another change and that shows the evolution of the coach and the athletes. three that, as soon as they appear, make a difference and completely change the way of playing”, he noted.
Sérgio Conceição leaves for the sixth consecutive season in the “dragons” with seven scepters, one less against the record holder Artur Jorge, in a duel in which he will be deprived of Diogo Costa, Wilson Manafá, Fábio Cardoso and Otávio, all punished, like David Carmo – one of two acquisitions for 2022/23, along with Gabriel Veron (ex-Palmeiras).
“It is essential to have continuity and a coach who knows the house well. There is a symbiosis between management and coach there, and that also shows that things have been going well. Without a doubt, it is fundamental that Sérgio Conceição stayed and that players to know their methods”, evaluated the former Portuguese under-21 international.
Chaínho, 48 years old, believes in a “competitive” I Liga in the new season, a few months after FC Porto had achieved the ninth double in its history, joining the 30th title of national champion, with a record of 91 points, 18th success in the Portuguese Cup. “I see a Benfica with quality and different from the past. Sporting always appears in the same gauge of recent years with Rúben Amorim and is a team with capacity. The Portuguese championship wins with that. Now, I think the champion is always the favorite [à conquista do título], as it was last year. Even Sporting de Braga should interfere, but this year we will have a three-way fight until the end”, he assured.
Winner of a championship and two Portuguese Cups as a player for the “Dragons”, the former assistant coach of Tondela, in 2013/14, anticipates in a similar way the 2022/23 edition of the secondary level, which will return to the auriverdes seven years later. “I’ve seen a lot of games and the II League is quite competitive. It’s very difficult for the team that comes down from the I Liga to go up the following year. this season, it will be competitive. It also shows the quality of a championship that I think is recommended”, he applauded.
With the exception of ignoring the dynamics implemented by the newcomer coach Tozé Marreco, with whom he shared a dressing room in Tondela, Chaínho regrets the unprecedented relegation of the Beirão, despite the best campaign ever in the Portuguese Cup. “Tondela went through that phase of the change of coach. They had good players and were even doing well in the first half of the competition, but then there were changes and sales. The crucial game [para a “queda” na II Liga] It was in Paços de Ferreira [à 32.ª jornada da edição 2021/22 da I Liga]. It was a 1-1 draw, but there was an opportunity to make it 2-0 that ended up on the post. As you can see, football can change from one minute to the next,” he illustrated.
The former midfielder lists “a team with many new players” as Tondela’s “big problem” in the last season, detecting, however, “structure and capacity” in a “fulfilling club that pays on time” to fight for the return to the level main.