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Friday, 16 July 2010 16:48

Costa wants to create a "culture of victory"

Academica manager lays down goals for upcoming season

Jorge-Costa-Apr10.jpgIt will be a new season with a new coach and Jorge Costa has wasted little time in outlining the team's objectives for the 2010/11 season - to better their 11th place finish last year.

Jorge Costa takes over from Andre Villas Boas, who left for FC Porto, and wants to improve the team's table position, but knows that it will take time. Yet, it is a challenge that no one in the squad should shy away from.

"The pre-season has been very positive in many aspects," said Costa on the team's official website. "The first days in Coimbra also were optimal, productive despite us being in the initial phase."

"We have work to do ahead of us and we are growing at all levels. The priority is that the team continues to grow and create a culture of victory. We want to grow and start winning now"

"We will not run away from the club's identity. Academica is recognised as a club that plays good football and this is the objective. We want to play eye-to-eye and fight in any condition for the three points."

"A good finish is to be as high (in the table) as possible. What appears to me to be fundamental is that Academica have the potential in all aspects not to be a team that just plays to stay in the top flight."

"We don't want to get caught in that stigma, so that we can have a tranquil championship. We want to play good football and bring the supporters to the stadium. We want them to leave satisfied with our matches."

"Fighting to stay in the top flight is short for my ambitions, and short for the players as well, and this organisation deserves better."

by Marco Pereira

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