Villas-Boas joy at win
But disappointed with poor final
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: May 19, 2011 7:51am
Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas was delighted to have lifted the Europa League after their victory over Braga.
But he also admitted to being a little disappointed with how poor the final itself was.
The Portuguese champions claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Braga in Dublin to seal their second trophy of the season.
"I do feel just a little sad, because both teams could have been better," said Villas-Boas, who made history by becoming the youngest ever coach to lift a European trophy.
"Both teams found it hard, but that is nothing new in a final.
"Braga are always very aggressive and very compact, which makes our work very hard.
"But there is a great joy in winning the trophy."
Falcao, who scored the winner, ended the campaign as top scorer in the competition and he was delighted.
"I am very, very happy - I lived for a moment like this - but this is especially for the team," he said.
"I thank God and Porto to be in a position like this.
"Being the top-scorer is just an extra, what matters is the victory."
Porto goalkeeper and captain Helton was also celebrating his 33rd birthday on what proved to be a special night.
"Besides being very heavy, this trophy is a wonderful birthday gift," he said.
"We knew it would not be easy and that is how it proved."