04 October 2022, 15h34
The PSG profile will change anything in the Benfica’s preparation for this match?
Adjustments are necessary for each opponent; we have to find the break-even point. We have always to respect the quality and the strengths of the teams we face. In this case, it’s clear that there is a lot of individual quality in the team, not only in the attacking line, but also in defense. They have world class players in every position, we got to respect that. Tomorrow [Wednesday], we must trust in our work. Adjustments will be made, but we also have to play our way.
"We'll face one of the best teams in the world, and everything can happen in a single match"
Against an opponent with Mbappé, Neymar and Messi in the front line, do you feel the need to reinforce defense, or should we expect the same image that Benfica had in the last 14 official games?
We have to make adjustments, especially when we face a team with such offensive quality. It’s not about having more defenders, but play tactically well, being wise, to play with quality. We need to be supportive, with many players close to the ball. We’ll have to adjust, but also believe in our work.
"We want to show our supporters at the Stadium that we believe in ourselves, since the first second. We want to make them happy and win the game"
The mental is very important in these matches. The players’ motivation, with the fans’ support, can make a difference against one of the best teams in the world?
Yes, the mental is very important, but I don’t think we need to motivate the players for this game. They motivate themselves. But we need more than simple motivation. There might be room for an extra motivation... With our supporters at the Stadium, we will feel connected to them, and the players will feel the ambition to play a great game and fight for the three points. We’ll play one of the best teams in the world, and everything can happen in a single game.
League Cup: record attendance for Estádio da Luz in the group stage
The Benfica-Penafiel match (2-0), from gameweek 2 of group C, welcomed 43 263 spectators, a record attendance in the group stage of the League Cup at Estádio da Luz and the second best record ever in the competition's matches at the Cathedral. The biggest crowd was in 2010/11, in the semifinal against Sporting, where there were more than 49 thousand spectators in the stands.
The images of the Benfica-Penafiel match
Benfica hosted and beat Penafiel by 2-0 At Estádio da Luz, on matchday 2 of group C of the League Cup. Gilberto and Neres scored the goals. See the 50 best photos from this important triumph.
Benfica-Penafiel: match highlights (2-0)
Benfica-Penafiel, game of matchday 2 of group C of the League Cup, at Estádio da Luz. The reds won by 2-0, with the goals being scored by Gilberto and Neres.
SL Benfica-FC Penafiel: 57' goal from Neres (2-0)
2-0. GOAL! BENFICA! NERES! Musa breaks away with the ball between four defenders, but it is Rafa who takes the shot. Caio Secco saves, but Neres is the quickest to attack the ball to make the rebound and shoot with his left foot to the back of the net.
SL Benfica-FC Penafiel: 55' goal from Gilberto (1-0)
1-0. GOAL! BENFICA! GILBERTO! Grimaldo moves forward with the ball on the left, breaks through, enters the box, gains a few more meters, but can't get the shot. The ball goes to Musa, who shoots but Caio Secco saves. On the rebound, Gilberto shoots with his right foot in the box and scores!
Training the Benfica way in Japan
Benfica continues to nurture talent around the world. The Club takes the brand, the training methodology, and the experience that has been so successful internationally to various places on the planet, transmitting its values to young people who love football and want to succeed in the sport. Tokyo and Osaka, in Japan, are no exceptions, with the existence of Camp Benfica, which has dozens of athletes, who are under the tutelage of coaches Mário Patrício and Davide Gomes.