Stay true to yourself was the mantra as Málaga CF arrived in Portugal promising to keep attacking principles intact while FC Porto’s Vítor Pereira vowed to “maintain our identity”.
I always dreamed of playing a Champions League match when I was watching from the stands, hearing that anthem. This is the best competition in the world – why would I be nervous?I can only enjoy these matches and hope that there will be many more to come. I admire Málaga’s style and yes they have excellent players, but we will not focus on stopping them individually. We’ll try to erase their strong points and play as we usually do, to maintain our identity.
It’s likely the outcome of the tie will be decided in Málaga. Few people expected us to get here, so these are the sort of games our fans should relish. We believed we could make it this far when we set out and now we are facing Porto, one of the best teams in Portugal.