8 – The view from Pacos
Pacos de Ferreira boss Jorge Simao wants his players to fight for every ball tonight. Addressing the media in his pre-match press conference, Simao spoke of the differences between the two teams, both on and off the pitch, however the Portuguese manager is hoping the conditions in Pacos, as well as the home crowd, can help give his players the edge,
“I would like the opposing players to find it difficult to play against (us). I will not be playing the role of the daring spinster here, because the differences between the badges are obvious and abysmal, but (to) give us the opportunity to fight for the game,” he explained.
“The grass is good, the dimensions of the terrain are the same, although the involvement of the stands is certainly inferior, and I believe that the atmosphere in the stadium is warm in the sense of supporting us for a good performance. The feeling that goes inside is that let’s fight, give ourselves the chance to face and fight… for good things in the game.”
9 – Flying visit
While we will be the first English side Pacos de Ferreira have faced in a competitive match, the Portuguese side are no strangers to English opposition. Over the last eight years, Pacos have faced three Premier League sides in pre-season friendlies in West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leeds United.
First welcoming a Moussa Sissoko-boasting Newcastle to Portugal in July, 2013, Pacos earned a 1-1 draw with the Magpies. Later that summer they travelled to east London to take on West Ham – the Hammers coming out on top that day, 2-1. Then, in September, 2020, Leeds hosted Pacos at their Thorp Arch training ground for a behind-closed-doors friendly – the Yorkshire outfit triumphed 3-1.