Benfica 3 – 4 PSG (Draxler
9’, Henrique Araújo
70’ and Rafa
80’): Tough game as expected but the team made what we asked! We started the game winning 1-0 and controlling PSG with the same strategy that we beat Sporting, but then Neymar and Mbappe showed up. Neymar was able to receive the ball behind our midfield line, facing our defensive line and we got in trouble. Mbappe made a hat trick, Neymar scored one and did 2 assists. They were unstoppable! At the half-time the score was 1-1, they did the 3-1, we drew 3-3 and at the 82th minute, Mbappe froze the stadium. At the final whistle, our fans stood up, applauded us and we got a good feeling because we did everything we could and presented them with a good show. Baby steps are taking and the players are enjoying our style!
Benfica 3 – 0 Paços de Ferreira (Enzo Fernandez
2’, Gonçalo Ramos
7’ and Gonçalo Ramos 45+1’): Easy game and to be honest, kinda upset that we didn’t push up in the second half. If we kept the intensity I bet we could score more 2/3 goals and get an amazing result. The 5 subs at the same time (minute 58) took some intensity of the team and the rest of the game was quite boring. But the good first half got me excited. Also Paços was 3rd on the League Table so, not a bad team at all, at the moment!
Chelsea 0 – 2 Benfica (António Silva
67’ and P. Musa
85’): WHAT A WIN!!! Huge win for us. We played our game (balanced mentality), same strategy against Sporting and PSG but not dropping the defensive line (Havertz doesn’t make deep runs) and what a game! Very good first half, having the double of shots, but couldn’t score our chances. Second half we said to our team to keep what they were doing, and we scored from a corner. Chelsea reacted and had one really good chance (great block from António Silva) but then, Draxler and Musa showed up and we sentenced the game. Again, huge win to reach the Round of 16 and what a morale boost!
Benfica 4 – 0 Estoril Praia (Henrique Araújo
3’, 11’, 77’ and Otamendi
17’): Another easy game at home (we’ve been playing a lot at home lately). At the 17th minute the game was already done but this time the team kept the intensity until the end. Henrique Araujo banged a hat trick and he is playing so well for us. This game we used the 4-3-3 but we are struggling about the attacking instructions of our FBs. We want them ready to press the opponent but also to be part of the attack and lately the attacking part hasn’t been so aggressive as we want. Lets try to sort out this situation!
Vitoria de Guimarães 1 – 3 Benfica (Gonçalo Ramos
4’, Henrique Araújo
22’ and 55’): What a win from us! Usually, Vitoria de Guimarães away is such a tough game, but we flew on the pitch! Our 4-4-2 is rocking (we faced again the 5-2-3), we had 4.81 expected goals against 1.34 and we could have scored easily 2 more goals, but I will not complain. Gonçalo Ramos and Henrique Araújo on the attack are having an amazing chemistry and they’ve been scoring and creating so many chances. So, entertain to watch this match. Really pleased with our performance!
Glimt 1 – 5 Benfica (Bah
11’, Henrique Pereira
23’, 66’ and Gonçalo Ramos
46’): It’s always good when we have a win like this in the Champions League. Hated the way we started the game, 1-0 for them but then we created 5/6 chances and we scored most of them so, can’t complain. We’ve been training a lot the finishing, we feel it have a major impact on our performances / results. Rafa is playing so well lately! He asked for a new contract, and the way he is playing and his influence on the team we couldn’t say no! Really looking forward to his renewal and hoping he continues like he’s been doing!
Santa Clara 0 – 4 Benfica (Henrique Araújo
pen 45’, 70’, Gonçalo Ramos
58’ and Bah
61’): Horrible first half from us. We could only scored on a penalty and they had a player sent off at the 43rd minute. We played again in our 4-3-3 and the performance wasn’t good at all. At the half time with one more player we put the 4-4-2 and yes, our players flew again on the field! The 4-3-3 need some improvements. I think the Right CM (CM – Attacking) is really deep and kinda hiding when we’re building up from behind, so we don’t have a good connection on our right side! Gonna work out on that, trying some adjustments to make sure this system perform like the other two!
Benfica 5 – 2 Glimt (João Mário
12’ 16’ 39’, Henrique Araújo
21’ and G. Rosas
90+2’): Kind of game that gives me mix feelings. First half was very good, they had almost the same amount of shots we had but we created so many chances and they didn’t get close to that (only long shots). 4-0 at the half-time and I told the team how happy I was! Second half in 13rd minutes, they did the 4-2 and that got me angry! I criticized the team, some of our players got sad but didn’t care at all, not acceptable. We started to take the control of the game again, created some chances and finished the game with the first goal of Rojas at our club! Teammates got really happy for him, and it was a nice way to finish the game. Still saying in the locker room that the second half was unacceptable, and we can’t deliver something like that to our fans.
Oliveirense 1 – 6 Benfica (Henrique Pereira
18’ 59’ 69’, David Neres
45’ 64’ and Musa
80’): Portuguese Cup and we did what we had to do. Couldn’t bet on our youth players because the B team played the day before, so we used the players with less minutes or in worst shape. The game was quite easily so, not much to talk about it. Huge game ahead of us (vs Porto, away), 6 days to prepare the match and lets figure it out the best strategy. Wanna keep the momentum!
Tonight I’m gonna put a video (clip against Guimarães) about the importance of our FB – Supporting and how fast we play!