14 February 2019, 19h57
The Spaniard Jesús Gil Manzano, aged 35, was appointed by the UEFA Refereeing Committee to whistle the Galatasaray-Benfica match, scheduled for 5:55 pm on Thursday at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, in Istanbul, in the 1st of the Europa League Round of 32.
The Benfica coach praised Galatasaray, the coach Fatih Terim and the atmosphere in the stands, but he wants the team to emphasize the identity of their football on the pitch. "We want to win, we did not come here just to play a game. We are here to win", claimed Seferovic.
Goalkeepers: Odysseas, Svilar and Zlobin;
Defenders: Yuri Ribeiro, Ferro, André Almeida, Corchia and Rúben Dias;
Midfielders: Samaris, Florentino, Gedson, Cervi, Gabriel, Zivkovic, Krovinovic, Salvio and Rafa;
Forwards: João Félix, Jota and Seferovic.
Fatih Terim, the coach of Galatasaray, said that he intends to continue the good results achieved in national competitions (currently 2nd placed of the Turkish League) and he revealed that he expects a difficult match against Benfica this Thursday, in the Round of 32 of the Europa League.
Benfica's opponent in the Round of 32 of the competition sits 2nd in the championship, but it comes to this game on the back of good results: six wins in seven matches.
Seferovic: “I have got a great team that delivers me the ball with quality”
The Benfica forward continues in red-hot form and scored the winner against against Galatasaray (1-2).
Florentino: “Happy, but not overexcited”
Dream debut as a starter for the eagles' midfielder in the European competition, in Benfica's win over Galatasaray (1-2), in what was the first red victory on Turkish soil.
Several academy players in a historic success
With six players made in Caixa Futebol Campus in the starting XI, Benfica won in Turkey for the first time (1-2), away at Galatasaray.
Bruno Lage: “To play with the quality that we have displayed in Portugal”
The Benfica coach praised Galatasaray, the coach Fatih Terim and the atmosphere in the stands, but he wants the team to emphasize the identity of their football on the pitch.
Seferovic: “We are here to win”
In Turkey, against Galatasaray, Benfica will try to take a lead to the 2nd leg of the Europa League Round of 32.