Porto boss labels Arsenal’s Champions League win an ‘injustice’ | Football

Arsenal beat Porto on penalties to reach the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao says his side have a feeling of ‘injustice’ after they were dumped out of the Champions League by Arsenal on Tuesday.

The Portuguese side took a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their last-16 clash with Galeno netting a 94th-minute winner at the Estadio do Dragao last month.

But Arsenal eventually came out on top and progressed following extra-time and a penalty shootout after Leandro Trossard levelled the aggregate score at 1-1.

After the match, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was accused of making an offensive reference to the late mother of Porto manager Conceicao.

Arsenal have denied those claims while Conceicao also caused controversy by claiming that Porto were ‘superior’ and deserved to knock Arsenal out.

He has now spoken about the defeat once again and said: ‘It is true that we have the feeling of some injustice in the face of a team that was theoretically stronger than us on an individual level.

‘Nobody was betting on perhaps two fantastic performances like we had, but football is a constant starting over and that is over.’

FC Porto v Arsenal FC: Round of 16 First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Porto pushed Arsenal all the way but ultimately crashed out (Picture: Getty)

Asked if he was ‘bothered’ by Porto’s Champions League exit, Conceicao added: ‘It bothers [me] some of the games we played.

‘Games are dissected by the players and the technical team, I take a stance that is not pleasant for the players, we work on the mistakes, but from then on it passes.

‘The mistakes are meant to be corrected and nothing else happens. When they happen, repeatedly, I feel bad. Let’s focus on [our next game against] Vizela.’


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