73 Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

Nuno Espírito Santo is a Portuguese football manager and former goalkeeper.

He started his football career at Vitória S.C. and played in Spain, Portugal and Russia.

Though he was part of the UEFA Euro 2008 Portuguese squad, he never won a cap.

Nuno began coaching at Panathinaikos, led Rio Ave to domestic cup finals in 2014, managed Valencia, Porto and Wolverhampton Wanderers and had a short stint with Tottenham Hotspur.

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He has been known for his leadership qualities throughout his career.

I have listed below the top quotes by Nuno Espirito Santo below.

Best Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes


I would say, 24/7, I am thinking about football. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


Golf is a good time, valued time. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


I have this absurd feeling that i can win every game with any team. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


Principe is paradise. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


I want to build a team who can play home and away the same. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


Representing your country is what you want. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


I love watching the Premier League. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Football is a passionate game, and the emotions are intense. As long you respect the people around you, I don’t see any problem with that. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

All coaches say, ‘We want to control the game. We want the ball. Blah, blah, blah, blah,’ but it’s impossible to have the ball all the time. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I live in peace. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


I am not obsessed about making an impression on the Premier League. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

The beginning of everything is our defensive organization. The clean sheet is always the first objective that we have in the game. Always. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

We work on our set pieces for every opponent. It’s a moment of the game that requires a lot of hard work, defensive and offensively. We try to invest our time in set pieces. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Famous Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes

Time is always important; sometimes time doesn’t always go along with patience. It is always important. You have to deal with it. It’s part of football. Every decision is judged. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


To be called up to the national team is what you want. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

This is the way I look at the future: day by day. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

At Porto, under Jose Mourinho, we won everything with a fantastic group of football players. Mourinho built that. He made us succeed, won everything. This has a big impact. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

When you have a small, balanced squad, you can work better. First of all everyone is involved in every squad list, a meeting can be a good training session. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

If you embrace a project that will require time and patience, then you need something to work on. So the first step of the project is to create an identity. If you don’t have an identity, then today you want this player and tomorrow another one. If you have an idea and a shape, then this is how you develop an identity. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


You have to love your job. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Our ambition is to win every game regardless of the opponent. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I try to distract with other things, but in my mind, it is always the game, especially the team, the shape, my players, what can I do, what is tomorrow, what can I give to them to improve them. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Knowing that the teams in front of us are sometimes better than you, you have to recognise that and be humble. It’s part of the game. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

If you love your job the way I do and the way we do as a team and what we want to achieve, you have to love every aspect of it. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


The barrier of communication is terrible if you don’t speak the language. You cannot reach a player with a translator. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Inspirational Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes

I truly believe you have to take things as they come, win or lose, and keep believing in how you want to do things and how you want to play. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

It’s very hard to rank performances. It’s very difficult, and it doesn’t really matter if you rank performances. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I was late, as a player, many times. If you have bad traffic, what are you doing to do? Make a miracle? Sometimes it happens. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I respect the people who work with me, and I respect the crowds in the stadiums – I just live the game and try to advise my players in the right moments. If that means I have to raise my arms and jump, I will raise my arms and jump if that is the best way to help them. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

As a kid, Liverpool was big for us. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

You have to be ready for anything and everything and accept everything the way things are. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


How are you supposed to communicate on the pitch when you don’t off it? ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

What sells more, criticism or compliments? What do people like more? They enjoy blood. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

You cannot have a situation where you think that if you want to attack, then you play this formation, and if you want to defend, then you play this formation. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Motivational Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes

My interpretation of football is to stay humble, work hard, and things will come. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

In Portugal, seeing a black cat is a bad sign; it’s bad luck. But they tell me if it crosses from left to right, it’s good luck. But I don’t like black cats! ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

When you realise that the ball is faster than you, you say to yourself, ‘Ok, I love the game. I want to go on in this game, but not as a player.’ ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

We will never play for a draw, as it doesn’t make sense. Come on, you make a 0-0 plan, you get one goal after five minutes, and it’s finished. The players look and say, ‘Now what?’ ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I learned a lot from the coaches I played for. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

When you have someone that manages, coaches you, and you follow, and you believe, and you do everything that you can because you believe in that idea in your leader, that stays forever. That is the impact Jose Mourinho had on me. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Every game is a chance to improve. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Great Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes

I’m a coach who likes to have the ball, but what I really think is, ‘How can you be in charge of the game?’ I think, but maybe I am the only one, that the defensive process can take care of the game. Why is that? Because teams wait to defend. If you create something where you go to defend, to steal the ball where you want, it’s different. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

When you sign a contract, you must respect that. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

If somebody asks for a photo, with a smile, it is nothing. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Life is continually changing. This is what makes people better. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

This is one of the challenges we have: knowing that playing without the ball is just as important as when you have the ball. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I want to thank everybody for every day that I have spent at Valencia CF. It has been an honor and a source of pride for me. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Goals always come from situations that are not so effective. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

When you win, you want to repeat it. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I know that if I have come to Britain, I must adapt, and I will try to. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I was a goalkeeper, but through my career, I spent almost as much time sitting on the bench as I did playing. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Inspiring Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes

Every team and club has its own personal goals and objectives, and I’m only concerned about mine. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

One of the things that is most difficult for a manager is reversing bad results and keeping going. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I will not ever change my principles. I will not do it. We have a ‘how.’ This is the most important thing we have – the ‘how’ we do things. Our style, our ideas, our principles with our mistakes that we have to correct. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

There is no point staying on the past. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

It is tough: sometimes the pain that you feel makes you grow. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

When you try to build an identity based on one idea, the easy part is to stick with the good things that you do. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

All I do is challenge the players to push themselves to their limit. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I bought some land in Portugal, on the highest hill in Guimaraes, because I pictured that I wanted to build my house there. I said, ‘What a perfect place this would be,’ but I forgot to ask the council if I could build a house there. When I did, they said, ‘No!’ ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Of course you learn a lot as a player when you pay attention to managers when they speak to you. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Even when you are not having the ball, you have to stay consistent, organised, and that’s what keeps you in the game. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Top Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes

The goals are the moments of beauty that the fans come for. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

I consider myself a happy person, yes. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.


I love everything about football. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Football is an emotional game, and that is why we love it, but part of the work I have to do is to control that emotion both for me and my players. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

What you have to become is really strong in what you do. That’s the point of building a team. You don’t know any other way – it would be absurd to do it any other way. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

It is what we are here for – to give the fans magic moments. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

When you speak about Jose Mourinho, personally, he has an impact on me. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

We must believe we can score in every moment – at the beginning, the middle, and the end of the game. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Memorable Nuno Espirito Santo Quotes

People say that the most difficult part is scoring the goal. But what I have to do is get the player there. If you focus on the goal instead of the how, then suddenly the chances start to decrease. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

Sometimes a polemic tweeter is more important than a normal view. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

What we are here for is to improve, to work as a team, stay humble and work hard, trying to achieve the best performance that we can in every game. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

The first introduction I had with English football was in the FA Cup in the early ’80s. ~ Nuno Espirito Santo.

So these were the 73 top Nuno Espirito Santo quotes and sayings.

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