UEFA Champions League: Man Utd v F.C Porto


Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t underestimating the threat posed by FC Porto tonight, insisting that it would be foolish to expect an easy route to the semi-finals.

Porto currently lead the way domestically and the 2004 Champions League winners are more than capable of causing an upset, as United discovered that season in the last 16, losing 3-2 to the side then managed by Jose Mourinho.

“It would be stupid to think this is going to be easy,” said the United boss. “When teams are used to winning their domestic title, as Porto are in Portugal, you always feel they will play with great confidence.

“By beating Atletico Madrid, Porto proved they will be hard to beat. They have a lot of South Americans in their team, which gives them a physical edge.”

The Reds are unbeaten in 21 Champions League games and hold a remarkable record of 19 games without defeat at Old Trafford in Europe. Porto have never won in England; ten of eleven visits to these shores have resulted in defeat. So, United start as strong favourites, but that in itself brings danger.

“Complacency does not come into it as far as we are concerned,” counters Sir Alex. “We will be going at it full throttle in order to get the result we want.”


~ by awbroady on April 7, 2009.

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