Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk lock horns this Thursday (February 27), at 8:00 pm, in the 2nd leg of the Last 32 of the Europa League.
What do you expect from the 2nd leg of the Europa League Last 32?
I expect a great match. Two excellent teams that want to have ball possession, that intend to dominate with ball possession and, for our part, we have to be more competent when we don't have the ball. Without ball possession, we must be more consistent and better than what we were in the 1st leg. I expect a competent Benfica, looking to pass this cycle of very difficult games and confirm all our value.
For Luís Castro, we will have a battle where the two coaches have to be cold-blooded to know when and how to act when decisions are made. Are we going to have a Benfica coming in strong and wanting to decide at the beginning, or are you going to be more expectant and wait for what the game produces?
The challenge will have several moments, but we can not wait for what the game produces. We have to look for the result that will allow us to go through to the next round. Our intention is to have a strong start, understand that we are playing with a very competent opponent, know what we have to do with and without ball possession.
Text: Diogo Nascimento and João Sanches
Photos: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica