LISBON (Reuters) - Porto might have been handed a pathway to regaining the Portuguese championship from Benfica but coach Sergio Conceicao says watching their arch rivals implode has only served to make his players nervous.
The two sides perennially battle for dominance in Portugal but Benfica have suffered a horror drop in form since the return from the COVID-19 lockdown, allowing Porto to go six points clear with five games left.
"We can't think too much about what the others are doing because then we end up not doing our job,â€ said Conceicao after his side's unconvincing 1-0 victory moved them onto 70 points, six clear of Benfica.
â€œIn fact, there was some anxiety in the game due to the fact that players were aware of other result, which is something they now have easy access to,â€ he added.
â€œThe total focus has to be on our work. We depend only on ourselves and we have to win our games. Crisis at other clubs is not our concern.â€
(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Peter Rutherford)