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Arthur Jorge was surprised: “I did not think about losing Al-Misrati at this stage.” – Sport Braga

Arthur Jorge was surprised: “I did not think about losing Al-Misrati at this stage.” – Sport Braga

Artur Giorgi did not hide his frustration at the loss of Al-Misrati, one of Braga's key players in recent years who was sold to Besiktas for 12 million euros (plus 2.5 million euros for goals).

“I admit that at that stage I wasn't thinking about losing him. But there were open markets, he was a very sought-after player, and he didn't play because he was injured for three months. It's part of what it means to accept it.” “A club project, with maximum demands and ambition, but with the need to sell assets that we benefit from here. He is happy, the club is happy too, the coach is not happy, but now it is a challenge for me, to fill this empty space,” he said, when asked. After that, the management of the market took over. Andre Horta, Castro, and Al-Misrati left, and only Ndour arrived.

“We tried to fill a position that was not possible. We lost Al-Misrati and that remained in his hands, but that does not determine the approach from now on. We won a title, there are many seasons to go through.” Do that, it does not diminish our ambition, there is a lot to win,” said Artur Jorge, without revealing our position that still needs to be strengthened. But it was already a central issue, and there were even reports of negotiations in this regard.

Finally, Artur Jorge commented on the signing of Joao Márquez, from Estoril, which will only arrive next summer: “I have already spoken to him. We hope he will be useful in the near future.”

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Maintaining the effectiveness of Lyria

In his review of the match with Sporting, Artur Jorge pointed out that the confrontation in the first round ended in a draw, as well as Minho’s victory in the Allianz Cup semi-final: “We were better than the opponent, because an evaluation cannot be made.” Artur Jorge said: “It's about dominance and superiority and the numbers are worth what they're worth. We'll try to maintain efficiency. But this is another match, another context and with two good teams that will want to win.” “Sporting is a very strong competitor, with a good attitude, with great motivation and we have to be at our best to discuss the result and try to win,” said the coach, who is awaiting the arrival of Banza, who participated in the African Cup of Nations. , in the next few days. : “He played quite a bit and had this anger with me…”

A thigh injury sidelines Sardar

It has been confirmed that Serdar Saçi will miss tonight's match against Sporting. The Turkish defender suffered an injury to his right thigh, which means he joins Adrian Marin and Bromma on the list of absentees due to injury. Nyakati returned to training on Wednesday, after being out at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Artur Jorge should keep Jose Fonte and Paulo Oliveira in the 11th place.