UCL: Porto boss criticizes Arteta’s tactics after Arsenal loss

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Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has criticised Arteta’s tactics after Arsenal’s 1-0 loss in the UEFA Champions League. 

The head Coach hit back at Mikel Arteta’s suggestion that his team had ‘no intention of playing’ during Arsenal’s Champions League defeat on Wednesday evening.

Arsenal appeared to be on track for a goalless draw at the Estadio do Dragao until Porto took advantage of Gabriel Martinelli’s loose pass and Galeno beat David Raya with a fine curled effort from outside the box.

Arteta’s side lacked the fluidity they’ve shown in recent weeks in the Premier League, and they failed to register a shot on goal in the Champions League for the first time since 2011.

When asked about Porto’s tactics following Arsenal’s defeat, Arteta said: ‘We are very used to playing against these defensive blocks, and in the first half we lacked certain things.

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‘We will learn from it and be better in the return game.

‘The best thing about our team was the attitude. We wanted to play. We didn’t lack aggression. Faced with such a low block and a team with no intention of playing, this is what we have to do.’

When asked about Arteta’s assessment on Porto’s approach to the game, said: ‘It’s an opinion. They wanted to play, we wanted to win.

‘Arteta is from the [Pep] Guardiola school, who is the coach with the most titles in the world.

‘They think that the best way to beat their opponents is to have more possession of the ball, but that depends on the team and the performers they have.

‘We had 40%-60% possession of the ball, which is not a scandal. I didn’t mind having 30%-70% and winning too. It all depends on what you do with the ball within the strategy defined to score goals.’

Watch the jubilant scenes in the Porto dressing room following their triumphant win over Arsenal below;

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