04 August 2021, 22h00
"The team played very well, had a lot of quality at many moments, created several chances, and could have scored more goals", said the Portuguese international, speaking to Sport TV.
In João Mário's opinion, "the lead is important" because, in case of a draw, the away goals are not worth twice as much, but he points out that "the most important thing is still missing at home", that is, the second leg of the tie.
"I felt very good. Benfica has top quality players. Weigl [with whom he played in midfield] is an excellent player and everyone helped me a lot. I am very pleased to be here", admitted the midfielder, who provided an assist in his official debut with an eagle on his chest.
Otamendi in the Champions League team of the week - Matchday 1
Duels won(6),interceptions (4), clearances (6), tackles (2), blocked shots (1), passing accuracy (91%) and accurate long balls (5 in 6): with these figures and other parameters, the center-back Otamendi was elected "Man of The Match" in Kiev and was chosen by UEFA for the team of the week in Matchday 1 of the Champions League 2021/22.
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It is right on Tuesday, September 14, that Benfica starts its participation in Group E of the Champions League 2021/22, against Dynamo Kiev. Before the flight to Kiev, the team trained at Benfica Campus.
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