Bruno Lage, in a press conference held at Benfica Campus, launched the clássico against FC Porto, the big game from matchday 20 of the Liga NOS, that takes place Saturday, at 8:30 pm, at the Estádio do Dragão.
What type of game do you expect at the Estádio do Dragão?
Above all, I expect a game between two historic clubs and two big teams. They are the two best teams in Portugal, regardless of league standing, and I expect a great match. May it promote Portuguese football.
Benfica is at the top spot and is not forced to win. Still, as a coach, how do you motivate a team to step onto the pitch to win?
How? Preparing the game the best way, to win is not to draw. Our intention is to play well and win. That is also our motivation.
With a seven-point lead over FC Porto would you settle for a draw in this clássico?
We must play the match. To play the match is to do it the best way and win. Our focus and determination are to play our game. We are on matchday 20, we're still a long way from anything. We have to look at the opponent and define the best strategy. This is our way of working.
Text: Marco Rebelo
Photos: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica