20 March 2021, 14h24
Is this the ideal moment to face SC Braga, one of the big teams in Portuguese football?
Reality tells us that tomorrow [Sunday] is another game, with a rival that is having a good season and has been meddling in the fight of the big three, this season and others. We know we will find a strong team, just like Benfica is. We believe we have a lot of quality and we are very confident, and the boost in confidence has to do with the last results. We have been improving from match to match. We need to show that in Braga, in front of a rival that is thinking about beating Benfica. It will be a great match.
Do you see this game with SC Braga as decisive, considering what it could mean in terms of league standings?
Yes, in terms of league standings, Benfica needs to win in Braga. We still believe in the first place, but we have to think about the third place because we are in fourth and if we win tomorrow [Sunday] we will surely move up to the third place. And round after round, we will try to climb up the standings until we reach second place. Then, we have to see if we still have a chance of reaching the first place, knowing that, with each round that passes, we have fewer chances. We believe because we feel that we are improving and there are still many rounds left to play.
SC Braga won the two matches it played against Benfica. Benfica is win a winning streak and without conceding goals. Should any team fear the other more, given this context?
There are no easy matches. The fact that SC Braga won these two games [at Estádio da Luz for the Liga NOS and the League Cup semi-final], maybe it's better for us because we can correct things we didn't do so well in those two games so we can win in Braga. That's what we are betting on.
Taarabt "very happy" for the 100 matches with Benfica
Taarabt entered at 84' in the match against Vizela (0-1) and reached an important milestone with the eagles on his chest. "I’m very happy for the 100 matches with this jersey. Thanks for your support!", shared the Moroccan international.
Happy birthday, Cathedral!
Inaugurated on October 25, 2003, the Estádio da Luz celebrates another anniversary this Monday. It's been 18 years of existence, of much emotion, histories and stories, victories, conquests, joys and sometimes even tears... it is really like that when it is from the soul, with heart, commitment and passion, because only we feel that way! The home of all Benfiquistas, a temple, a magical place, our Cathedral is to be congratulated. Many more to come!
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