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Porto’s Conceição parks ‘ugly’ episode and turns attention to Chelsea

Manager has built a tough team on scant resources and a recent touchline contretemps highlighted his fiery nature

A few of the Champions League quarter-finalists this week had difficulty fully focusing on domestic matters this weekend – but that wasn’t a problem for Porto’s manager, Sérgio Conceição, in his Friday press conference. With resurgent, still-unbeaten Sporting motoring into the distance at the top of the Primeira Liga table, making Porto unlikely to retain their title, the first leg of their meeting with Chelsea – a club with whom the Portuguese champions have enjoyed such strong links since José Mourinho first moved to west London in 2004 – should have hogged the headlines.

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