The Shakhtar Donetsk coach, Luís Castro, praised the quality of the two teams facing each other in Kharkiv at 5:55 pm on Thursday.
"Determining a favorite when you find teams of this level doesn't make sense to me. It will be a very balanced tie, it’s going to be two great battles and two great spectacles, now here in Kharkiv and then in Lisbon", claimed Luís Castro in the Press Conference.
Luís Castro pointed out qualities to Benfica and Bruno Lage, speaking of competence and remembering that the Reds are leaders of the Portuguese championship.
"The fact that Benfica hasn't won the last three games means absolutely nothing to us. The presentation I give my players of what Benfica is in their offensive and defensive, transitions and formations does not cover the latest results made by the opponent. U A team doesn't win or lose competence because it wins or loses the last games; a team has or does not have competence, and Benfica has that because it is at the top of the League table", he stressed.
Text: Márcia Dores
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