The pleasure of a derby didn’t forestall the rationality of Roger Schmidt, who, within the preview of Benfica-Sporting, match within the sixteenth spherical of bwin leaguewhich is scheduled for six:00 pm on Sunday, January 15, on the Estádio da Luz, highlights the necessity for the eagles to assume, above all, about their “sport” and the “plan” they’re searching for. three extra factors.
In the press convention held at Benfica Campusthe coach of Benfica praised the truth that tomorrow’s derby will face two groups that may “attempt to play of their type”subsequently the eagles will attempt to stay devoted to what they current presently.
Eliminating considerations in facets corresponding to the location of Pedro Gonçalves within the opposing midfield, which coach Rúben Amorim believed minutes earlier than, or the collection of Artur Soares Dias to guide the derby, emphasised Roger Schmidt the incarnates’ considerations centered on their “tactical habits” throughout fight.
There are two extra ensures for the assembly: the the squad has no accidents and the reinforcements Tengstedt and Schjelderup unlikely choices, as a result of “not in the perfect bodily form” after six weeks with out competitors.
What do you anticipate from tomorrow’s sport towards Sporting? What replace on the bodily situation of Grimaldo and Rafa are you able to do?
I anticipate an ideal soccer sport, towards an excellent opponent. It’s a Lisbon derby, each groups play attacking soccer, at all times making an attempt to play of their type, so for us it does not matter who the opponent is. I anticipate a tricky sport, however after all we need to win. This is essential to our scenario within the League. Now, all of the gamers are in coaching, there are not any points about accidents, so everybody is accessible to play.
Your first derby towards Sporting, what does this imply for you? What to anticipate from the referee [Artur Soares Dias]?
About the referee? I at all times hope that the referees are good on the referee, that he manages the sport effectively. I want. I feel we knew that originally of the season concerning the referees. The referees did an excellent job in Portugal, I used to be stunned by the standard. I belief the referees and I’ve no drawback with that. As I mentioned, it is my first time to play this derby, however regardless of the place we’re, there are derbies to be performed in the course of the season, all leagues are right here. Of course I understand how vital it’s for the followers, we all know now we have to offer the whole lot, however we additionally do not should do something particular. We simply should play good soccer, at our greatest stage. You should do it on a regular basis, whether or not it is a Champions League sport, a derby or a daily league sport. We should be at a excessive stage and tomorrow that will likely be an vital side. We should give attention to our sport plan, be very disciplined and imagine in ourselves. We know we will beat any staff in our stadium.
“I anticipate a troublesome sport, however after all we need to win. It is essential for our scenario within the League”
Rúben Amorim, coach of Sporting, mentioned he’ll play with Ugarte and Pedro Gonçalves in midfield. What modifications have you ever seen in your opinion?
There is not any change. I feel that Sporting has high quality, superb high quality in all positions. They play offensive wingers, forming 5 traces to defend, with free gamers to assault. I feel this season we play extra towards a majority of these groups, for instance within the Champions League. All Champions League video games are exactly towards a majority of these formations. We know learn how to play towards a majority of these groups. As for who performs within the heart of midfield? Of course there are at all times variations within the traits of the gamers, however for us it isn’t so vital. We do not pay a lot consideration to that. We know the standard of the gamers, of the staff, however we’re working, above all, on the main points of our tactical habits. But 90% take into consideration us, our plan, habits on the ball, in moments of transition. It’s not that we do not have respect for the opponent, however it’s the identical once we play within the Champions League towards Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus. We at all times speak about our sport, we at all times respect the person high quality of our opponent. So, for me, it does not matter which participant performs that place.
“We are working, above all, on the main points of our tactical habits. But 90% is considering us, on our plan, habits on the ball, in moments of transition”
Benfica are comfortably on the high of the league, 12 factors forward of Sporting, do you assume this may affect the best way the gamers method the sport?
If we need to be champions, we have to get extra factors. It’s so clear! We cannot draw loads or lose video games. We had been high-quality, however nothing was accomplished. We should preserve stage, preserve profitable video games, ultimately it does not matter who. We at all times combat for factors in each sport. we need to have one show above. We are virtually in the course of the season, we do not assume a lot about factors, distances, we at all times take into consideration how we will win three factors within the subsequent sport.
“Tengstedt and Schjelderup have nice expertise. They have six weeks of relaxation, they don’t seem to be in the perfect form bodily. Of course they won’t be a part of the staff for the subsequent two to a few weeks.”
Regarding Tengstedt and Schjelderup, will each gamers be choices for the sport? What do you anticipate from them?
I want all of them the perfect in Benfica. It was a giant step for them, from a Scandinavian league to the Portuguese League, to a giant membership. They are very proficient. They have six weeks off, they don’t seem to be in good condition bodily. Of course they will not be a part of the staff for the subsequent two to a few weeks. They should get used to the staff and teammates, to the type of play, construct and lift their bodily stage in order that, when they’re prepared, they are often a part of the staff. It’s nonetheless too early to play for Benfica, after six weeks off. We know that. We imagine in each gamers, they’ve nice potential, we hope they’ll develop shortly at Benfica.
Do you assume a win for Benfica will preserve Sporting out of the race to win the title?
I do not know, it is the sixteenth spherical, so no resolution has been made but.