This is an excerpt from Dias’ interview in the official 2023 UEFA Super Cup programme. For the full version of this and more player and coach interviews, get your copy here
This is going to be my first [Super Cup], so I’m really hungry to win it. It’s a new trophy for me. My ambition couldn’t be bigger. It’s just like the Community Shield and the FIFA Club World Cup. They’re competitions we really want to win. We want to leave our mark on each of them. Obviously, the same goes for the Super Cup.
I guess that in the previous final [against Chelsea in 2021] you could have felt that sense of fun too. Above all, that’s because we believe that part of being well prepared is reducing our concentration level at that moment and just enjoying the training session. Obviously, that was the day before the match, so everything had already been said and done. That day, more than anything, was about experiencing that moment, knowing that the big event, the final, would come the next day.
With it being a final, the game was never going to be easy. Obviously, like any other match, if you manage to score goals, things get much easier, but the occasion meant the match was never going to be that simple. For sure, half time was an important moment for us. We had to understand what we were doing, what we were not doing, and the space we had to use to make the game a bit easier for us.
Every big achievement, every big competition that’s really worth winning is made of those tough moments that involve all aspects of the game. It could be our ability or their ability, or even a bit of luck that makes the difference in the end. Above all, we knew we were playing against a very tough side. With the score at 1-0, we knew it was going to be a fight until the very end, and it was. We had to endure for the rest of the match, and I think that really sums up our win.