Manuel Toliba worked in the formation of FC Porto. Vitor Ferreira, Fabio Vieira and Francisco Conceicao, not to mention Joao Mario, were fantastic.
Vitor Ferreira, Fabio Vieira and Francesco Conceicao, FC Porto’s first league champions, have laid out details about the move to the seniors, confirms former footballer and coach Manuel Tulipa, who led this trio in the club’s formation and highlights other youngsters from the team.
“Vitor Ferreira improved during his time in the U19 team and in the B team, but he gained a different connection with his arrival in the main team and, in particular, with the training of Sérgio Conceição. He is a complete player, who understands very well the moments of regulation of pressure and with the ball. This is clear, because he has not He loses his quality, but manages to improve the moment without the ball,” explained the former coach to the players at Lusa (2017/18), Youth (2018/19) and Junior (2019/20) of “Dragons”.
Two seasons ago, Manuel Toliba worked with the 22-year-old midfielder known as Vitina, who was a regular starter in 27 of the 30 matches played in the tournament, adding two goals and three assists, on a journey that has already earned him an AA cap.
Vitor Ferreira made his debut in 11 matches at home against Morerense (5-0), in the sixth round, as did Fabio Vieira, 21, who had 15 participations and left the bench 12 times, and is the second most influential player in Porto. With six goals and 14 assists.
“Fábio Vieira is special, because he can see everything with his head on the ground. He is a player with the last pass and with access to the area, the goal, the mid-range and dead balls. He also improved in terms of directing the pressure, but what surprises me is the way he shows his quality when Many teams are low on the field and he can decipher what the game is asking for. These players are the ones who deserve a lot of money,” he pointed out.
If the midfielder also spent only one season with Manuel Tulipa, then Francisco Conceicao shared two on his way to the main team, in which he started only once, but added 24 games as a used substitute, for a total of two goals and two assists.
The Marítimo Under-23 coach, who made an “outstanding and charismatic player for any level”, advised the 19-year-old striker to “walk inside a lot, where there are more people to fix the ball, keep it, break it, fix it and go”.
“He’s a kid that I especially like, because he’s worked with me longer. He’s amazing and competitive, loves to win and is always looking for duels. Having a lot of margin for growth, it should be used very well. He needed to develop when teams are low and I think that’s it. Then he learned. Something, for me, is key: the left foot being the dominant foot, he plays from the right and he also manages to cheat which makes it difficult for whoever defends him,” he said.
Manuel Toliba, 49, balances the competitiveness of Francisco Conceicao and the competitiveness of his father, Sergio Conceicao, despite the “different characteristics” of the Porto coach, who “crossed very well, without having the fault of his son or the allure of duels” .
“He had other high-level things and that is why he made his career. Tactically, he was a very good player. Francisco Conceicao also needs a little understanding of that, improving and adjusting some moments when that team has to. He has a different tactical orientation with The ball and without it. He is still young, he is about 20 years old and he will learn all these values that his father had”, said the former midfielder who trained at FC Porto.
Among the new national champions formed in the Dragons’ youth ranks, João Mário, 22, has moved from the wing to the adaptive right side and has played in 24 duels, four of them as a used substitute, and assisted two goals.
“Honestly, what Sérgio Conceição did is another moment of great clarity. I think João Mário would be a good player as a winger, but maybe not as a top player. A striker, developing his skills well, realizing he had a mistake, serving and breaking very well in the second wave. My point is, this is the ideal situation for him,” he said.
Diogo Costa, 22, was untouchable against Porto from the first round to the penultimate round and only rested with his choice in the latter, at a time when he was still No. 1 in the national team in the match to reach 2022. The World Cup succeeds Rui Patricio .
“He’s one of the more elegant goalkeepers of recent times and looks a bit like a version of Vítor Baía. He’s probably more subtle in the game with his feet and with the goal of creating and exciting plenty of attacking play. Incredible goal defense and easy cross-moves, we can all agree that at In the near future, we will not find a better solution to defend the colors of FC Porto and Portugal,” he emphasized.
In addition to Diogo Costa, Joao Mario, Vitor Ferreira and Fabio Vieira, all UEFA Youth Champions of FC Porto, in 2018/19, and promising Francisco Conceicao, Tulipa discovered names from the B team, tenth in the second league, “with room to grow”.
He concluded, “Gonzalo Borges and Bernardo Fulha are two excellent players with great potential to join the main squad soon and, if possible, grow with Sergio Conceição. I think they will gain a different dimension with him.”