Porto sensationalized a newsletter criticizing Manchester City as the war of words now extends beyond their two managers.
City were held to a goalless draw in Portugal – a result which confirmed their place in the last 16 of the competition as group winners. It also guaranteed Porto’s place in the next round as a finalist.
However, the two group matches between the two were difficult and animosity only developed after the stalemate on Tuesday night.
Bernardo Silva (left) and Pep Guardiola were criticized by Porto in a newsletter
Fernandinho (left) was also slammed by the Portuguese giants in a damning assessment
The Portuguese giants have criticized City midfielder Fernandinho for his lack of ‘class or insight’, while Bernardo Silva and Pep Guardiola are also on the shooting line.
As detailed by A Bola, Porto hit back at Fernandinho after criticizing them for diving a lot in Tuesday’s game.
These accusations did not please Porto who criticized the Brazilian adding that he was lucky not to be sent off.
“There should have been a red card given to Fernandinho, who despite being 35 years old is a clear example that football money matters a lot, but he doesn’t buy class or notion. ”
However, the comments about Silva and the club are most damning as they refer to his ban from a match for racism last year.
Porto claim Fernandinho were lucky not to be sent off in Tuesday night’s goal draw
In November 2019, Silva was banned for a game and fined £ 50,000 after an FA commission agreed that he ‘had no intention’ of a tweet about teammate Benjamin Mendy or “racist”.
Silva compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a brand of chocolate available in Spain and Portugal.
Silva deleted the post 46 minutes after posting it before tweeting, “I can’t even joke with a friend these days. “
However, Porto echoed this in the newsletter, describing him as someone “known internationally for being convicted of racism”.
And detailing City’s display at the Estadio do Dragao, Porto brandishes Guardiola and his team as “lucky.”
Last November Silva was fined £ 50,000 and banned from gambling for a tweet to Benjamin Mendy
Silva compared his Manchester City teammate to the character on a Conguitos package
The coach and the players – who also struggled to cope with the result – should even be thankful for how lucky they were to officiate again. After the scandals of the England match [Manchester City won that fixture 3-1], this time, a penalty was missed for Ederson’s more than obvious foul on Otavio.
The club’s damning news letter comes just hours after Porto manager Sergio Conceicao reignited his war of words with Guardiola in his post-match press conference – pushing him not to be able to beat his team, despite its greater resources.
When asked if he thought Guardiola would be unhappy with the draw, Conceicao replied in a flash interview with ELEVEN: “I would be too if I couldn’t win with the team I have and the budget that I have. “
The two disagree after Conceicao claimed Guardiola was applying undue pressure on officials.
Porto manager Sergio Conceicao mocked Guardiola for not beating his team on Tuesday
In the reverse game in October, City came from behind to win the Etihad 3-1 on a night that left Conceicao angered by Guardiola’s “extremely disagreeable behavior” on the sideline.
The two have clashed on several occasions, with Guardiola being accused of “speaking about our country using ugly words” during discussions between the two benches.
“I don’t agree with him, it’s not true,” Guardiola replied in his pre-match press conference on Monday. “We didn’t put pressure on the referee, we’re not a team that does that sort of thing. It’s not part of who we are.
“The five years that we’ve been here – and before that in Germany or Spain – our behavior speaks for itself. “
Guardiola makes his point at Conceicao in Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Porto in October
The two managers argued several times during the game at the Etihad Stadium, with Conceicao accusing Guardiola of pressuring officials with his comments.
THE FULL PORTO NEWSLETTER
This is usual news at this time of year, but it still deserves all the notoriety: FC Porto have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and are officially one of the best 16. European teams. We did it with a group game to spare, thanks to a 0-0 draw against Manchester City at the Estadio do Dragao.
Sergio Conceicao said he “wanted the win” but admitted he was also “happy with the draw”. In the end, a point against the most expensive team in the world was all FC Porto needed to achieve any of their goals. The coach praised the “organization” and “merit” of the team and also commented on the poor disposition of Pep Guardiola after the meeting: “I would also be upset if I could not win with the team that he has and the budget he has ”.
In fact, the Manchester City coach and players – who also struggled to cope with the result – should even be thankful for how lucky they were to officiate again. After the scandals of the match in England, this time a penalty was missed for Ederson’s more than obvious foul on Otavio. Moreover, there should have been a red card given to Fernandinho, who despite being 35 years old is a clear example that football money matters a lot, but he doesn’t buy class or notion.
Goalkeeper Marchesin spoke of the post-match positives and said he was “happy for the team”. Diogo Leite, Uribe and Evanilson also underlined the success of qualifying guaranteed that the group does not want to stop there. Now they will “work for more Champions League goals,” the Brazilian striker said.
FC Porto’s success in the world’s toughest football competition is far from new, but it cannot be diminished or trivialized. Yesterday was the 16th time Porto have qualified out of 24 group stages – a record that is more than double that of other Portuguese teams: Benfica five times, Boavista once, Sporting Lisbon another.
If we only look at the most recent past, this is FC Porto’s third qualification in three games with Conceicao as their coach. This is their fourth in the last four Champions League appearances, fifth of the last six. These numbers are unprecedented in Portuguese football and place FC Porto at a much higher level than others. It’s one thing to participate in European competitions, another thing to be a European club. In Portugal, there is only one.
If there were any doubts, the disdain with which a significant part of the Lisbon press treats FC Porto is in itself a testament to our success, as uncomfortable as ever. Even though yesterday’s game was tied, a TV station managed to find a way to say the national champions were “beaten”. And a few hours before the meeting, another station decided to embark on a hobby (or a provocation?) By gifting a shirt to one of our opponents who is known internationally for having been convicted of racism. At night, they must have been confronted with the reality which they do not like. It was not just Pep Guardiola and Fernandinho who were sick …