“We must respect Arouca”

Otamendi on the finish of the contract

Carlos Pereira Fernandes | 22 hours in the past

Nico is our captain, he’s a frontrunner. He had an excellent time. His contract expires in the summertime, he’s a really skilled participant and everybody is aware of how a lot he enjoys enjoying for Benfica. At this age, we must at all times respect the plans of the gamers. I hope he stays as a result of he continues to be a prime participant and may play each three days. It supplies management, intelligence and expertise to the staff, on the pitch. That’s why I count on you to resume your contract for a 12 months or two, however in the long run I’ll respect your determination. Nico has been right here for 3 years and will certainly be a champion for Benfica this summer time. I really feel like I’m not as targeted on what is going on to occur in the summertime. Hopefully he’ll resolve to remain at Benfica.

decisive month of February

Carlos Pereira Fernandes | 22 hours in the past

In latest video games we now have proven that we play at an excellent degree, we’re very dependable and the gamers present mentality. I noticed a number of consideration and tactical self-discipline. We want these video games to get our rhythm again. On a bodily degree, if we take a look at the numbers, we are able to see that we’re doing very properly. The staff is in good situation and we must be able to play each three days in three competitions. At the beginning of the season, we confirmed we are able to do it, and we’ll do it once more.

Enzo along with his head outdoors of Benfica

Carlos Pereira Fernandes | 22 hours in the past

Enzo is our participant. You have our full assist. He’s a fantastic man and a fantastic participant. I’ve already mentioned that, whereas the switch window is open, it’s a must to count on one thing to occur. The identical is the query of Enzo. We’ll see what occurs, however my mentality hasn’t modified in the previous couple of weeks. I like the truth that, after the talks firstly of January, he targeted once more on Benfica. He performed nice video games, which exhibits that the love for Benfica is there, 100%, however we additionally know the way enterprise is in soccer. I’ve nothing extra to say.

Gonçalo Ramos was injured

Carlos Pereira Fernandes | 22 hours in the past

He simply had somewhat muscle downside. Tomorrow he might be out, however we hope to have him prepared for Saturday. The wound was very small, which made us pleased as a result of when it got here out we anticipated extra. We ready Casper [Tengstedt] and Andreas [Schjelderup] excellent throughout these two and a half weeks for a very long time. They are in higher situation. Good to have Casper on the staff tomorrow.

Enzo can nonetheless go away

Carlos Pereira Fernandes | 22 hours in the past

You ought to at all times put together your self, particularly on the finish of the switch market and when you’re not in a driving place. We know we now have a scenario with Enzo. He has a clause within the contract, which signifies that if the participant desires it and there’s a membership that pays the quantity, you can’t cease him. You must be ready and discover options, however for now, you might be our participant. No deal. Let’s see what occurs within the subsequent two days. I might be pleased if the market is closed and we are able to concentrate on the gamers we now have within the staff to have a prime season.

Arouca Forces

Carlos Pereira Fernandes | 22 hours in the past

They conceded some objectives, however they have been in some video games. They have already scored 22 objectives, in order that they have attacking energy and may positively affect the sport after they have assaults. You should respect their quickness up entrance. If you’ve gotten this variety of factors and you might be on this place, it’s since you deserve it. This is a staff that believes in itself, may be very disciplined and at all times fights for 90 minutes. We will respect that. Against them, at house, we did properly, we gained, however I keep in mind being impressed by their high quality and bodily energy.

Expectations for the sport

Carlos Pereira Fernandes | 22 hours in the past

It’s a troublesome recreation, far. We have already performed towards Santa Clara and Paços de Ferreira. Now, that is the third recreation in a row, away, towards Arouca. We performed properly within the final two video games, however we count on an equally efficient opponent. We know they’re good at house, they’re a quick staff, good in transitions… They are in sixth place within the I Liga, which says all of it. We should be very targeted, begin properly and struggle for the three factors.


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