The technician of the Athletico Paranaense, Alberto Valentim, recognized this Saturday that it is “the happiest day” of his professional life after winning the South American Cup on his debut with the team in this competition.
“I am very happy. In professional terms, it is the happiest day of my career, because I am realizing a dream,” said the coach, whose signing was announced in September, the day after the ‘Furaçao’ will qualify for the final.
Valentim made the remarks during the post-match press conference, which ended hastily when all his players except Thiago Heleno, who was with him in the room, entered singing, shouting and pouring water on everyone present.
Chants, dances and hugs between all the members of a squad, in which some players wore orange signaling cones like hats.
Before that moment of collective madness, Thiago Heleno He explained his happiness to achieve this title after signing in 2018 the goal that gave the team the first Copa Sudamericana.
Valentim He said that he was always very “clear and transparent” when expressing since he arrived at the club that he was going to work on “something continuous”, following in the wake of what was started by Paulo Autuori and Antonio Oliveira, who preceded him in office this season.
The coach, who acknowledged that the final was decided by “details”, pointed out that today and tomorrow they will dedicate themselves to “celebrating a lot” this title and then getting fully into the Brazilian Championship, which is about to conquer the Athletic Mineiro.
The Athletico Paranaense won this Saturday the 2021 edition of the South American Cup by beating 1-0 at Bragantino thanks to a goal from Nikao at minute 29.
The ‘Furaçao’ added his second conquest in the competition and became the first Brazilian to achieve it.