Villas-Boas dashes departure discussions
Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas wrote his name into the history books by lifting the UEFA Europa League before moving quickly to insist that he expected neither he nor his star players to leave the club this summer. Falcao's 44th-minute header meant Villas-Boas became the youngest manager to win a UEFA club competition.
The 33-year-old had already won the Portuguese Super Cup and the league before last night's victory, and he will pick up a fourth winners' medal if the Os Dragões beat Vitoria Guimaraes in Sunday's cup final.
Villas-Boas reaffirmed his commitment to Porto after the victory and insisted he had only played a small part in the club's success this season. The Porto boss insisted the performances of Hulk, Radamel Falcao and other unsung heroes in his squad were the main reason behind the club's storming campaign.
Hulk and Falcao have scored a remarkable 71 goals between them this term. They are bound to be the subject of interest from Europe's giants this summer but Villas-Boas insists they will be staying at the club with him.
"The speculation is normal with managers and players around the world," Villas-Boas said. "But it's not easy for any of this talent to run away from us. Hulk has a release clause of €100m, which is not easy for any club to pay. Falcao's is €30m. It's very difficult for a club to splash around that amount of money. It's not impossible, but let's hope we can keep the majority of our talent next year."
The only brief glimpse Braga got of goal in Dublin last night was when substitute Mossoro wrestled the ball off Fernando and broke free just after the break. The forward squandered the chance though, driving straight at Helton's legs.
Domingos Paciencia admits it was a disappointing way to end his time in charge of the Arsenalistas, but insists he is still proud of his team for beating the likes of Benfica and Liverpool to get to the final. "I hope Braga will grow and become stronger," the 42-year-old said. "I'm sad to go out in this way. But we're still proud of ourselves."