24 June 2021, 19h04
"I am very happy, very motivated. It is a dream come true, a dream that is mine and that of my whole family. I have worked hard for this moment. Now it is time to seize the opportunity, repay the trust placed in me and score many goals with this jersey. (...) A lot of dedication, a lot of will, I will give my life for the Club and I hope to score many goals."
"It is a big leap in my career. We were left with that thought that maybe it could have happened sooner, but maybe I wasn't as prepared as I am today on all levels - tactical, technical, psychological, and physical. We have the whole pre-season ahead of us to reach my best physical form and for us to have a great season."
"Benfica is a giant! I can already feel the power of the fans. All the affection I have received through messages... This also shows the magnitude of the Club, which is giant! I am very happy."
"I consider myself a skillful striker, but I also like to get out of the box and participate in the build-up behind the opposing midfielders. I consider my finishing a strong point, especially with my left foot."
Confidence and motivation on the day before the Champions League play-off
The first 15 minutes of Benfica training session were open to press at Miejski im Wladyslawa Króla Stadium, and the striker Gonçalo Ramos was the only player out (gym work). Confidence and motivation are the keywords among the squad.
Roger Schmidt: "We must focus and believe in ourselves"
The Benfica coach recognizes the quality of Dynamo Kyiv, but outlines what the eagles must do to towards the Champions League Group Stage.
João Mário: "Ready and confident to give 110%"
Departure for Lodz
The professional football team of SL Benfica traveled, this Tuesday morning, August 16, to Lodz, in Poland, to face Dynamo Kyiv next Wednesday at 8 pm, in the 1st leg of the Champions League Play-off. Still this Tuesday there is a press conference with the coach Roger Schmidt and a player (5:15 pm), followed by a training session, also at Miejski im Wladyslawa Króla Stadium (6 pm), with the first 15 open to Press.