The coach Rui Vitória analyzed Benfica's performance in Moreira de Cónegos that resulted in a triumph by 0-2. He considered crucial to have entered the game on the front foot against an organized opponent.
“We entered the game on the front foot, wanting to control the match and close down the opposition. We had to score in that goal [to where Benfica attacked in the first half], because there was an atmosphere that lured the goal, with a lot of Benfiquistas who cheered continuously. We have put in an assertive performance against a good team. We created a lot of opportunities, we score two goals, but we could have scored more goals”, he remembered.
Moreirense reacted in the beginning of the second half and was closer to Bruno Varela's goal.
“Credit to Moreirense, because we don't play alone. Moreirense knew how they could hurt us. Any team must react throughout the 90 minutes and show their quality. Even so, we had simple processes, positive dynamics, with the players in constant movement. The first goal is illustrative of the players' quality”, he said.
The coach praised the youngsters that played in Alto Minho: “The important is to highlight João Carvalho, who made a good performance when he came in, Keaton Parks, who started the second half, Rúben Dias, who plays with a maturity and a personality unusual for his age… That's what should be praised. One thing I can assure: we will always star with 11, and 11 that will defend this crest with a lot of belief and determination.”
Apart from the two goals scored, the Eagles had several opportunities to extend their lead, something that did not happen.
“Benfica could have left this ground with a bigger score than the one that happened. I am not taking value from the opponent, but rather enhancing the balls that we had and that, under normal conditions, would allow a bigger result. Jonas had several opportunities and scored one of them. It was a very good collective performance. There is no team in the world in which the individual players solve everything. There are collectively strong teams in which players stand out”, he said.
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