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Porto 'intelligence' crucial for Fonseca

Nenad Bjelica was full of pride at FK Austria Wien's debut display, yet according to Paulo Fonseca, FC Porto left with the points due to their better game management.

Austria's Daniel Royer (right) keeps ahead of Alex Sandro of Porto
Austria's Daniel Royer (right) keeps ahead of Alex Sandro of Porto ©Getty Images

Nenad Bjelica, Austria Wien coach 
We can build on this performance. I'm proud of what my team showed today. Of course, we lacked efficiency in our attacks but our tactical and physical approach to the game was something we can all be really proud of. In recent games we have squandered too many chances and that was the case again tonight. It's definitely an aspect we need to work on in training.

Our approach to the game was straightforward and we weren't influenced by the fact we were playing a big team in Europe. We saw today that, even against the top European sides, we are capable of playing for a result. In the next matches we will look to pick up a few points and I know we will achieve that.

Tonight my team represented themselves almost perfectly. We made only one mistake at the back and we were punished. We will try to turn it around with hard work. That said, there's a difference of about €200m between the teams but you couldn't see it out on the pitch.

Paulo Fonseca, Porto coach
I'm happy because it was important to win today. We achieved our goal in a difficult game but we knew it would be hard. They have quality and made our lives difficult, especially at the beginning of the game when they put us under lots of pressure. But we played intelligent, if not brilliant, football and managed to win.

All players were very good, although in the first half some things didn't work. Afterwards we improved and played more in their half, taking control of the match. Our best spell came just before scoring the [55th-minute Lucho González] goal and then after [79th-minute substitute] Hector Herrera came on and we were able to stabilise things. The players that came on were decisive in the way we managed the game. We put in a pragmatic and calm performance.

Atlético and Zenit will struggle here if Austria Wien play like they did today. However, Lucho is my commander, his experience can make the difference and he showed this again today.