September 23, 2021

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Abel Braga opens the match, talks about disappointment, reveals the reason for his departure from FC Lugano, and says: 'The team was fine'

Abel Braga opens the match, talks about disappointment, reveals the reason for his departure from FC Lugano, and says: ‘The team was fine’

this Wednesday, Coach Abel Braga has been dismissed by Swiss FC Lugano after playing only five matches.

According to the Brazilian coach, the decision taken by the European club’s board of directors brought “disappointment”.

In comments released by his press office, Abel justified his departure primarily because of the decision by American businessman Joe Mansueto, who also owns Chicago Fire, of MLS, to take over Lugano on August 18.

“The project that was given to me on my arrival was very good, the city and the environment at the club are great, I was happy to work, the team was working well, developing. But a new owner took over and everything changed,” the coach said.

He continued, “Our group has already been reduced and important players have been left out. I even understand the situation, but I do not agree. This will certainly make it impossible for what has been done.”

“Here’s my thanks to the people who trusted me and the group of players. Although I am disappointed that I was not able to carry out what we planned, I will take the good things from here.”

Hired by the Swiss team in early June, he led Abel Lugano in just five matches.

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In addition to winning the Swiss Cup, there were two additional wins and two defeats for the national championship, leaving the club in sixth place, seven points behind leaders FC Zurich, who still have a game more.

Along with Abel Braga, assistants Riccardo Colpaccini and Léomere de Sousa left FC Lugano.