"For an islander like me, the sea makes me think of freedom, distant horizons. All those nautical things to do with fishing and the sea are very symbolic for me, and remind me of my childhood on the island of Madeira. From an early age, I used to watch the boats, and see people at sea."
"I’m a young coach, that’s true, I’m just 42. But I started out as a coach at 27 and I’m now into my fifteenth year, which represents an extremely positive experience at Senior level. If you include the years spent in training and as an assistant manager, my career has lasted for over 20 years.
I think all that experience, whether it was with Santa Cruzense, Juventude de Gaula in getting my coaching badges, and Portosantense and Câmara de Lobos where I worked as an assistant, it was all constructive and important to help me build my philosophy and my approach to football. All those years of experimentation led me to create a working method and today that’s represents added value for me."
"Yes, in sport and especially in football because of the media coverage, you’re always judged and assessed, called into question. As a result, learning to walk a tightrope and balance is in a way the reflection of what I do in sport. I’m constantly seeking balance in a very complex, aggressive and competitive world where you have to stay on your feet and not fall. The hardest thing isn’t making it to the top, but staying there. To do that, you have to have a good balance."
BRINGING THROUGH YOUTH
"It’s true, at AS Monaco one of the facets of the project is bringing through young players. But as a coach, your career is not just about how may players you have brought through, how many players you have helped to train. Those are sporting results. For that, you need a good sense of balance in this sport because when results are against you, nobody asks if you helped bring through Martial, Carrasco, Kondogbia, Kurzawa, Abdennour. Today, there are still many young players at the club with a lot of potential. And everyone is wondering why you’re not first or second but third. Generally, outsiders aren’t able to judge a coach’s work properly in terms of managing a project like this one. That’s why they focus on the sporting results."
THE ART OF COMMUNICATION
"I often look to simplify an idea, translate it in a few words. All these metaphors have a special meaning for me and I try to put that across to the public.
When I say that a pianist doesn’t train by running around the piano, people say “that’s true, the pianist doesn’t run around the piano, maybe in football you have to work with the ball”.
When I was talking about the Portuguese and builders, I was simply talking about a people of emigrants, people who work in France, many of them in the construction trade, and I wanted to pay tribute to them in a humorous way. I was trying to praise a people who live by work."
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