THE BALL – «We lost Rildo probably for a long time» (Santa Clara)

The coach of Santa Clara, Mário Silva, expressed his dissatisfaction with the defeat (1-2) recorded by the Liga team on Wednesday night against Leixões (Liga 2), in a game in Group G of the League Cup played at Estádio do Mar, in Matosinhos, after having the advantage on the scoreboard, in this Azorean team’s debut in the group stage of the competition this season, and with the scorer of the Azorean team’s goal, Rildo, having to be substituted at half-time due to injury , revealed the technician.

′′ We entered the game well. It wasn’t easy, with the pitch in the condition the pitch was in, to play good football. We lost Rildo, he had to be replaced at half-time due to injury, something that penalized us, in addition to the expulsion. We never threw in the towel, but things got more difficult, facing a rival [Leixões] well organized and a positive series of results», said Mário Silva, speaking to Sport TV, at the end of the match.

“So with one less [inferioridade numérica, dez para 11 desde os 29’, por expulsão de Cristian Tassano, capitão] it became even more difficult. This is not an excuse, but it conditioned a lot, clearly. Leixões took advantage of it well and managed to come back. We made some changes to the team and we will continue like this in the League Cup: it is important for the players, there are people who need minutes», is the philosophy put into practice for the League Cup, attested by the coach of the São Miguel team.

«Congratulations to Leixões. I am sad for the result and for probably losing a player for some time, I am sad for Rildo», lamented Mário Silva, deeply concerned about the possible alleged seriousness of the scorer of the only goal for the Ponta Delgada team in Matosinhos, at 18′.

′′ We have three games ahead. The goal is game by game. Now it’s winning at our house [a Oliveirense, na 2.ª jornada a 1 de dezembro] and give a different answer. The team is new and it can be seen that it is growing. It is not a less positive result that will affect or shake us. We had a successful first half, we took the lead at half-time, we couldn’t hold it», concluded Mário Silva.