Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023

Writing with Lusa


Statements by Roger Schmidt, Benfica coach, in the press room, after the 2-1 victory in Vizela, in the fifth round of the championship

Analysis: “We played a very good game. The victory could have been easier. We had many opportunities to close the game early. With the penalty goal conceded, the game became more difficult. So, we had to fight until the end. This It’s a difficult stadium to play in. We have to respect the opponent. It was a good performance from the team and players, with very good ball circulation, very good pressure and good attacking options.”

Win almost every game: “The victories give us confidence. In the I League, we have to win almost every game to be champion. The games are difficult, especially away from home. This victory and this series are very important, after having lost in the first round ( with Boavista, 3-2).”

Trubin: “Trubin has been here for four weeks. It’s difficult to know the best time to put him in the team (the goalkeeper). I gave Samuel (Soares) a few games while Trubin gained confidence and adapted to the team until we knew the best time so he could join the team. It was a very important day for him, as it was his first game at Benfica.”

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