In a press conference, Bruno Lage previewed the game from matchday 2 of Champions League Group G. The Zenit-Benfica match is scheduled for 8:00 pm this Wednesday, at the Saint Petersburg.
The Eagles' manager expects the Russian outfit to play in 4x4x2;
Sergei Semak, Zenit's coach, has put together an adaptable team. What challenges does this pose to your ability to anticipate the game?
In addition to the various formations, also how to take advantage of the characteristics of their players. It's a team that likes to play, with interesting connections and positioning. A team that likes to play wide, whether through the wingers or the full-backs, taking advantage of the direct play to the striker. What matters to us is our evolution as a team, analyzing our opponents and anticipating what kind of formation can emerge. We've prepared the best way and we're going to step onto the pitch with the best starting eleven. We're convinced that we're going to put in a great performance and win, which is our goal.
Can you tell the difference in the speed of a Champions League match to one from the Liga NOS?
Yes! The demand in the Champions League is very high and tomorrow [Wednesday] we must be at that level. Focus, concentration and determination lead us to be competent, and that's how we want to be in any competition.
Texto: Marco Rebelo
Fotos: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica