24 July 2021, 19h03
"My first impression was to be surprised. Benfica is more than a club. It is a family, it is a group in which everyone is united. When I first walked into the dressing room, all the players came up to me and congratulated me and said, 'You're going to do well here.'"
"I spoke with Adel [Taarabt] in the first training session because we speak the same language [French], but also because we have things in common."
"I already knew him. [Jorge Jesus] Is a demanding coach, but that's good for the team. Now we will work to be ready for the beginning of the season."
"The Portuguese League is good. Many people think that the Portuguese League is easy, but it's not true. It is a league with very good players."
"I don't like football where you only have to defend. I like to play with the ball and I can already see that the coach has the same ideas for the team by talking to him about the tactics. It is something that is good for me. Now it's all about working and giving my best"
"What I can promise the fans is that I will give my all. I saw the Museum, I understood what the Benfica Mystique means. I will give 100 percent in every training session and in every match for the fans."
The details of the Benfica Campus recognition made by the coach Roger Schmidt are in this video. Area by area, the new leader of the reds professional squad registered impressions and started to build knowledge from the spot where the 2022/22 Benfica will rise...
Passion and connections as bridges to success!
He arrived in Lisbon, penned his contract, was at Estádio da Luz and got to know the Benfica Campus. Roger Schmidt, to BTV, showed himself "excited" to start working and "eager to be part" of Benfica's history, a club with "great tradition" and where, definitely, "there is something special". As for the method, there it is: "Football is not only what happens on the pitch, it is also what happens in people's heads and how connected and passionate they are". And this is the only way to "show the best football and fight for trophies".
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Roger Schmidt at Benfica Campus
The gates of the Benfica Campus were opened to welcome Roger Schmidt. At Seixal, accompanied by President Rui Costa and Pedro Mil-Homens, general director of youth football, the coach visited the various areas of what will be one of his main workplaces in shaping the characteristics of Benfica 2022/23. "It is a really good structure, it has everything to develop the players, to improve them and to create the next generation of players for Benfica, for the first team", said Roger Schmidt, exclusively to BTV.