07 February 2020, 15h01
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
Magnificent on the flight to the top spot!
[ Vídeo ] A spectacular, brave and organized Benfica performed a comeback at Estádio do Dragão (1-2) and overtook FC Porto in first place in the Liga NOS.