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Porto won't use Swansea blueprint vs. Liverpool

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Porto coach Sergio Conceicao congratulated compatriot Carlos Carvalhal on masterminding Swansea’s recent victory over Liverpool but admits facing the Reds in the Champions League is a different prospect.

Carvalhal’s analogy was that he slowed down Liverpool’s Formula One car in traffic in their 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium last month.

However, while Conceicao appreciated his fellow Portuguese’s efforts, he is not sure the same tactic can be applied to Europe’s top club competition.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate Carlos Carvalhal for what he is doing in the Premier League, and also to [Wolves head coach] Nuno Espirito Santo for what he is doing in the second tier. They are prestige to Portuguese soccer,” Conceicao said.

“All the Portuguese coaches working in England are doing a great job but it’s a different context and game—this is the Champions League.”

Porto have not beaten Liverpool in four previous meetings although their overall home record against English clubs is won eight, drawn six and lost three with already-qualified Leicester defeated 5-0 in last season’s group stage.

However, their record against Premier League sides in two-legged ties is poor with just three wins in 10 encounters, losing the last four, and they have not beaten English opposition in the knockout stage since Jose Mourinho’s team eliminated Manchester United en route to winning the competition in 2003/04.

Porto's Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar in action during the Premier League 2016/17 match between FC Porto and SL Benfica, at Dragao Stadium in Porto on December 1, 2017. (Photo by Paulo Oliveira / DPI / NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

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