SC Braga manager Carlos Carvalhal won a Taca de Portugal last season and led the club to direct qualification to the Europa League, where they continue to this day going to the playoff in February against Sheriff.
This season results though have been inconsistent after losing four matches to Big 3 competition and being dumped out of the recent Taca da Liga (League Cup) after an ugly 5-1 loss at Boavista on Thursday night.
Braga currently sits in fifth place but can regain fourth if they beat BSAD on Sunday night.
Carvalhal has been in the news linked with interest from Flamengo of Brazil and was asked about it.
“I have a contract with SC Braga. I’ve had several approaches, I don’t know if they led to anything, but any agreement must go through Braga. I’m in the hands of my club president. I’m focused on my work and tomorrow’s match. The players are too. These (links) are side issues, news that sometimes is true, other times speculation. You have to know how to deal with it in this business and the players are professional about it. They are focused on the task at hand and don’t waver for one or another news that might come out.”
Per reports, executives from Flamengo are in Lisbon this weekend to try to convince Jorge Jesus to return, but with Benfica still in the champions league and only four points out of first place in Liga it is hard at this time to see Jesus leaving. As a result, stories are expected to continue about interest in Carvahal who is seen as a good option.
Bruno Pinheiro was in the news all week being linked to Besiktas of Turkey, but last night he told his players after their 2-2 home draw against Famalicão that he was staying.
He was asked last night about Besiktas.
“I don’t want to talk too much about that and I think Estoril will issue a statement tomorrow. It’s closed, I’m here. Message to supporters? There are no messages to leave. It’s closed and I don’t want to talk about it.”
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