If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together. This quote is not mine but it can be an introduction to my gratitude towards you.
I arrived here, alone, I didn’t know any of you but we built a story together, something that I will cherish for the rest of my life, as I know you will too.
Just after the Final Cup, I asked the president to let me go back to my country and this was a very difficult decision to make, because of all the bonds we have created!
You are my family but I am living now 9,000 km from home, where I have my wife and my son. The motivation I found came from both sides, to work hard and finally accomplish a great victory.
This has been a team effort all the way, that’s why I am super proud of each and every one of you guys. You must believe in hard work and in the power of team spirit, so keep strong and rely on the work of the next coach. I will always be your supporter!! Fight hard with a commitment up to the last second of the game!
Thank you all for accepting me through good and bad days and remember that we will always take the Cup we won with us.
I am sure that we will meet again, somewhere in the future, in another challenge. You are the champions and you have made me a champion too. I hope I could make you a better player as well as a better person! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
– Coach Manuel Vaz Pinto