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Sunday 18 November 2018

'Porto playing for pride'

Battle: Sergio Conceicao
Battle: Sergio Conceicao

Sergio Conceicao concedes his Porto side are playing for pride in their Champions League last-16 second leg tie at Anfield.

Having been thrashed at home by Liverpool, the Portuguese club's chances of achieving what no team have done in the history of the competition, turning around a 5-0 deficit, are virtually non-existent.

Conceicao accepts the Primeira Liga, in which Porto lead Benfica by five points, is the priority and Tuesday night is just about salvaging some of their reputation.

"Everyone knows that our main goal is the championship," he said. "We have to defend the history of a major club, the best club in Portugal. The biggest motivation to play tomorrow is to represent Porto. At Porto there's always pressure. Pressure is synonymous with ambition and a will to win.

"Even though we lost the first match, I don't believe we're playing without pressure. We're looking to defend the history of the club.

"The five-goal margin is not a true reflection of the difference in quality between the two teams."

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