The Benfica He is confident of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday. Needs the defeat of the Barça in Munich before the mighty Bayern and win at Dynamo Kiev in Da Luz. However, the atmosphere in the previous days is not going to be the best after what happened in the derby on Friday in Da Luz, where Sporting won 1-3, causing the appearance of white scarves, and masks doing the same effect, in the stands with the fans calling for the resignation of Jorge Jesus, the technician. Benfica is third in the Primeira Liga, four points behind the two co-leaders: Porto and Sporting.
The coach took the slip, but defended himself from criticism, arguing that a bad game should not serve to value the season the team is doing, remembering precisely that it has Barça on the ropes in the Champions.
“I am not going to make this year’s movie with a bad game. We cannot forget what Benfica is doing, in the Champions League, for example, where they have the possibility of passing with a rival like him BarcelonaAs well as in the League, where, with this defeat, we are only four points behind. I am not saying that this reaction is normal, because the Benfica He is not used to losing, much less. And I only lost two or three games in 16 or 17 pulses with Sporting. But I repeat: it is not a game that sums up this start of the season, “he explained.
He pointed Jorge Jesus that “the rival won at home, nobody was prepared for that, neither the fans nor the team. We have to know how to deal with it because on Wednesday we have a decisive Champions League game. It will not be an easy moment, but we have to recover the team and We want to win over the fans. It is not a game in which the team will stop believing in what they are doing. The difference was in the effectiveness, I do not take credit for it. I already congratulated Sporting. It is not easy to manage the defeat, but You have to think about the next game, which is very important. “