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Carlos Carvalhal justified Burnley’s interest as his Braga side brought an end to Porto’s staggering 58-game unbeaten Primeira Liga run on Monday night, as reported by Jornal de Noticias. 

The last time Sergio Conceicao’s fire-breathing Dragons lost a league match – all the way back in October 2020 – an Everton side coached by Carlo Ancelotti were top of the English Premier League, with Jose Mourinho’s Spurs in fifth and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds sitting sixth. 

Whole eras have been and gone between then and now.

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But Porto’s remarkable run has been one constant over the last 18 months. The 2004 European Champions were just 90 minutes away from setting a new continental record when they arrived at Braga’s picturesque Estadio Municipal on Monday night. 

Ricardo Horta’s 54th minute winner, however, not only meant that Porto failed to break a record set by the legendary AC Milan side of the early 1990s.

It also ensures that Carvalhal will leave Braga, when his contract expires, with his head held high. 

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“First of all, a huge hug to my players,” the former Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday coach beams after a result nobody saw coming. “They were fantastic in terms of cohesion, helping each other, closing spaces, wanting to win.” 

Four attributes that came to epitomise the very best Burnley performances under Sean Dyche. Four attributes that underpin a run of three successive home wins that has made Premier League survival a distinct possibility. 

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According to Corriere de Manha, Carvalhal is open to a return to England. The affable 56-year-old is one of the leading candidates to take Dyche’s place on the Turf Moor bench. 

“We equalized our points tally from last year despite all these things. The sales of players, betting on kids,” Carvalhal adds, thriving in difficult circumstances at a Braga side sitting fourth in the table having reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League. 

Daniel Farke, Slaven Bilic and Nuno Espirito Santo – three managers who have sealed promotion from the Championship in the recent past – have all been linked with the Burnley job.

Chris Wilder, however, committed his immediate future to Middlesbrough last week. 

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