15 July 2021, 19h00
João Mário with President Rui Costa
"I was very well received by everyone. They made me feel at home and I adapted quickly to the team and the Club. I already knew a little of what Benfica's facilities were like, but I am very surprised with Seixal, with the organization that exists around the Club and the first team. I would like to thank everyone for the way they received me."
"I feel confident. Expectations are always high at Benfica. We already have a first big goal which is to qualify for the Champions League and I'm sure that the team will be prepared. I also know how important it is for Benfica to win the championship again."
"The coach was the one who managed to get the best out of my characteristics, he is someone I have always admired a lot for his professionalism and his work. Being as honest as possible, it was determinant in my choice to come to Benfica."
"I found the team preparing well for these upcoming Champions League qualifiers. We all know how important it is for Benfica to qualify for the Champions League. Above all, I found a group that wants to bring joy to Benfiquistas, who want to win the championship and I'm one more to help. I hope we can do it."
"I found a calm and serene group. It helps a lot that we always have the presence of President Rui Costa, the gaffer and Rui Pedro Braz [football general manager] with us. Everyone has helped the team to focus on these Champions League qualifiers in the best way. A word to President Rui Costa who was the first person to contact me to come to Benfica."
B SAD-Benfica in pictures
At Estádio Nacional, the match B SAD-Benfica was suspended at 48’ as the home team was reduced to six players. They had started with nine units only (due to a COVID-19 outbreak). The final result of the game from Matchday 12 of the Liga Bwin was 0-7 for the eagles, with goals by Darwin (3), Seferovic (2), Weigl (1) and Kau (own goal).
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The Argentinian international displayed all his quality! Due to the performance against Barcelona at Camp Nou, the centre-back Nicolás Otamendi was chosen for this week’s all-star XI of the Champions League.
Inside the Barcelona-Benfica match
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