Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale reflects on a “wonderful occasion”
The Grecians drew 0-0 with a Fluminense Under-23 side at the Estádio de Laranjeiras in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday in an anniversary match to mark 100 years since Exeter City played the Brazilian Seleção.
Paul Tisdale’s side twice had the ball in the net, only to be denied by an offside flag. Nevertheless, the manager of the League 2 outfit was pleased with the display his team delivered on unfamiliar terrain.
“It was highly enjoyable and a very respectable scoreline for us against an energetic, talented Fluminense team,” he told the club’s official website.
“As we’re only in our second game in pre-season, I was very pleased with the way we coped with a talented team in difficult conditions.
“It was hot and the pitch is slow, and it was very much Brazilian football. We coped and survived very well with it, and had chances to win it.
“It was a good experience – you don’t have the challenge of that type of football very often in League 2, but with what was in front of them they did very well and I don’t have any grumbles with the way we played at all.”
Tisdale also reflected on such a unique occasion and praised the Grecian’s loyal fans that had made the trip across the Atlantic.
“It’s a big moment – it shows the affinity that City supporters have with Brazilian football and especially Fluminense.
“We had 150-plus people here – we’re very privileged to have had so many people here following us. I’m sure they enjoyed it – it was a wonderful occasion.
“It is a very, very unique ground – Laranjeiras is a highly unusual football facility and has to be one of the most picturesque and fabulous football stadiums I’ve ever been to.”