Benfica hosts (Thursday, at 8:00 pm) the Ukrainians of Shakhtar in the 2nd leg of the Europa League last 32.
"We know it's going to be a very difficult match. Shakhtar is not just any team, they have good game philosophy, they play very well, and in the front, on an individual level, they have players that make a lot of difference. It will be a different game compared with the 1st leg, now we play at home with our fans supporting us. We have every chance of going through to the next round", guaranteed Benfica's centre-back, at the press conference at Estádio da Luz.
The Reds come – just three days later – from an important win in Barcelos [Gil Vicente, by 2-1] in the Liga NOS.
"Working in the back of wins is different from working in the back of losses, but we can't stick our heads in a hole when we lose, just as we can't fill our ego when we win… It's working exactly the same way", he highlighted.
Texto: Filipa Fernandes Garcia
Fotos: David Martins / SL Benfica