Roger Schmidt he anticipated the match towards Arouca, on the 18th day of the match bwin league, scheduled for 21:15 this Tuesday, January 31, on the Municipal Stadium of Arouca. The Benfica coach has praised the strengths of the rival, he has recalled that “they continue to be in sixth place” and he has burdened the significance of the Reds being “concentrated” and preventing “for the three factors”.
In a press convention held on the Benfica campus, Roger Schmidt highlighted the reverse “offensive energy”.; confirmed the absence of Gonçalo Ramos and revealed that Casper Tengstedt will probably be among the many choices; addressed to epilogue switch window and guaranteed that the group is prepared “play each three days”.
What do you consider this recreation with Arouca?
It will probably be an away and troublesome match. We performed at dwelling towards Santa Clara and Paços de Ferreira, this would be the third away recreation. We have performed properly within the final two video games and we count on a troublesome opponent. Especially at dwelling, they’re a superb crew, they play quick, they’re good in transitions. They occupy sixth place within the League, that claims all of it. We need to be targeted and begin properly to struggle for the three factors.
Arouca is in sixth place in Liga Bwin, however it’s the fourth crew that concedes extra targets. What are the strengths you determine on this opponent?
Yes, it’s true, they’ve conceded a number of targets, particularly in some video games they’ve scored a number of targets, however they’ve scored 22 targets, they’ve offensive energy and once they have counter-attacks, if we aren’t organised, they will. it’s troublesome for us We need to respect Arouca’s assault velocity. If after 18 video games they’re in sixth place, it’s as a result of they deserve it. It is a crew that believes in itself, very disciplined and preventing. Games are 90 minutes and we’ll respect them. We confronted Arouca within the first recreation of the Championship at dwelling, we received, however I used to be impressed by their high quality and likewise their health.
“We need to be targeted and begin properly to struggle for the three factors”
Is Gonçalo Ramos out there for this recreation with Arouca? If not, can Casper Tengstedt make his debut this Tuesday?
Gonçalo Ramos solely has a small muscle downside, however is out for tomorrow [terça-feira]. Hopefully it is going to be prepared by Saturday [frente ao Casa Pia no Estádio da Luz]. It’s a minor damage, that is a constructive. When he left within the final recreation, we had been afraid it may be one thing extra, but it surely’s a minor factor. We have ready Casper very properly [Tengstedt] and Andreas [Schjelderup] within the final two and a half weeks. They have been doing further classes, as a result of it is very important recuperate the remainder, they usually have to arrange for a protracted season. They weren’t coaching once they signed, however they’re in higher form now. Given the state of affairs, it is good to have Casper among the many out there gamers for this match.
The switch window ends this Tuesday. Do you could have a plan B in case Enzo leaves?
We have to arrange every little thing, particularly after we speak in regards to the closing a part of the switch window. We know there’s something with Enzo, he has a launch clause. If a membership comes alongside that pays that quantity, and in the event that they need to go away, there’s nothing we will do to cease them. From this second on, we have to be ready and discover options. At the second, he’s our participant. Let’s see what occurs. I will probably be very pleased when this switch window is over and we will give attention to the gamers now we have to carry out on the prime stage for the remainder of the season.
“In the final matches now we have already proven that we’re at a superb stage, with very tactical soccer and the gamers had a superb mentality”
You have already talked about Grimaldo and the truth that he’s on the finish of his contract. Otamendi is in the identical state of affairs. Have you ever thought of it? Are you considering of a substitute for him, or will the Club renew with him?
He’s our captain, he is a frontrunner and he is had a superb season thus far. He is an skilled participant. Everyone is aware of that Benfica likes to play, however now we have to respect the plans of the gamers. I hope he stays, as a result of he’s match, he’s a prime participant, he can play each three days, he brings a number of expertise and knowledge to the sector. I hope he renews, however we’ll at all times respect the participant’s needs. He has been right here for a number of seasons and is giving every little thing to be champion of Benfica.
In the close to future, Benfica can even play within the Portuguese Cup and the Champions League. Does the crew really feel able to play completely different competitions on the identical time once more?
Yes, within the final matches now we have already proven that we’re at a superb stage, with very tactical soccer and the gamers had a superb mentality, they’ve began the matches properly, very attentive and tactically disciplined, caring for what is required. executed on the sector of play. They wanted these video games to get again into our rhythm, the crew is in good condition and now now we have to be able to play each three days in three completely different competitions. We did it within the first a part of the season, we confirmed we will do it and we’ll do it once more.