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We start off by talking about the Anderlecht game. A self complicated game, where our resilience and the quality of individual talent, hidden and emerging, gave us the much needed victory. Not only can we still dream, but we can also be glad to see Sulejmani and Rodrigo give huge contributions to the team.
Next on the agenda, Rio Ave. While our performances have been less than stellar, we keep finding a way to win crucial games. Following our usual individual player rants, the victim usually shows us of, and this week it was different with Lima snatching two goals and doubling his season tally. Yes that's right, you heard right, last seasons prolific scorer has been a shadow of last season, perhaps these two goals are a sign he is finally out of a slump. Whether that is the case or not, he was the man of the moment, as he helped us get the precious 3 points and leapfrog porto into first place.
Benfica plays last place Arouca this weekend, in a game that has all the makings of a trap game. We discuss the approach to this game, possible rotation in some positions, and whether Lima and Rodrigo should continue to start, now that they are both coming into a warmer period of form.
To finish off we look at Benficas last group stage game in this year's CHampions League. Benfica must win their last game, if they are to have any chances of getting to the next stage of the competition. Regardless of whether the already qualified PSG will field a second squad or not, there's only one result that serves us, while we keep an ear in Greece, and what Olympiakos will be doing against Anderlecht.
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In this episode...
We kick off the show by talking about this weekend's home game against Braga. It was back to the 4-4-2, and the results were visible. Monotony, lack of creating chances, and an all around uninspired effort from Benfica, It took a moment of brilliance from the emerging Matic for us to seal a win, which quite frankly, could have very well ended up in a stalemate. Also related to the game, we look at Markovic attitude upon being subbed. Though a very common occurrence in modern football, can Markovic's gesture be interpreted as more than just a hot head moment?
With 1/3 of the season done, we take a look back at the differences between this year and the past 4 years. The results are not much different, which begs the question, are we a team with deficiencies, or is the deficiency within the league? We offer our opinions.
Next up the Anderlecht preview. Benfica travels to Belgium for a must win game, not only to keep our aspirations alive to make it into the next round of the Champions League, but also to book the parachute into the Europa League.
Lastly we preview Benfica's weekend fixture against Rio Ave. Now that we have shortened our deficit to first place to 1 point, we must continue to get positive results to keep pace, but the big question for this weekend is 4-4-2 or 4-3-3?
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In this Episode....
We start off by talking about the national team, and their qualification to the World Cup in Brasil. We talk about Ronaldo +10, and what chances this team has in this upcoming summer's World Cup.
We get back to Benfica in the next segment, and discuss JJ's 30 day suspension. Will JJ's absence from the touchline in the next 4 domestic figures be an advantage or a disadvantage for the team? We offer our advice in the tactical and motivational sense.
Up next on the agenda, League Cup draw. Winners of 4 of the past 6 editions, we speculate what the approach will be by Benfica to this years edition. Give some of the less used players some minutes, or work a minimal rotation?
To finish off, we preview Benfica's next fixture against Braga at Estadio da Luz. Not the Braga of year's past, but always tough opposition. We consider the affects of the two week stoppage, in a time where Benfica were clearly gathering momentum, and agree that Benfica cannot lose any more points before the porto clash.
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We center our attentions around the Derby. Definitely one for the ages, but perhaps one that we could have done better as a team. We discuss the the starting 11, and the idea that Almeida could have very well have sat the bench were Maxi not traveling. We also look at the repeat of the 3 man midfield and dive into some of the reasons why it has greatly improved our playing style.
Next up, the 10,000 lb gorilla in the room - our defending of set pieces, has we have allowed a total of 9 goals this season from set pieces. Just like the goal allowed in Greece, Sporting was able to get back into the game as a result of 2 set piece goals. We take a look at zone defending in corners, and why after 4 years it's no longer working for us. Is it lack of execution? A JJ tweak? Or have teams devised a plan to explore the weakness in a zone defense? As the pod rolls along, we turn our attention to the center figure of the match, no not Patricio, but Cardozo. Steve and I, come forth as we were the ones who were strongly in favor of his departure in the beginning of the season, we explain why. To finish off on the derby, we discuss Sporting's post game attitude, and Benfica's response via official statement.
Lastly, we look at the team's moment, what Amorim's absence will mean to the 3 man midfield, and how this 2 week stoppage will affect the team who has clearly picked up a favorable momentum.
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We get things underway by looking at Benfica's 3-0 win against Academica in Coimbra. It May have not been a pretty game, but we all saw some improvements in Benfica's performance. We discuss Matic's first half performance, the 3 man midfield rehearsal, and the return of Markovic.
We continue the podcast by looking at this week's Champions League fixture in Greece against Olympiakos. There are no such thing as a moral victories in the CL, you either win or go home, and that's where we have ourselves at this point.
Despite playing the best football of the year, and barring a major miracle, the Europa League seems to be in our future. The fact that in the year where the final will be in our stadium, it's a tremendous disappointment to go out so early.
To wrap the pod, we look at the derby this coming weekend, as Benfica will host Sporting in the next round of the Portuguese Cup. We discuss the approach, the 3 man midfield, and what JJ will do.
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In this Week's pod......
We get right into it by talking about this past weekend's game where Benfica hosted Nacional at Estadio da Luz. A win complete with flashes of a Benfica of last season, and Ivan Cavaleiro's debut were enough give us some hope. We spend sometime talking about Cavaleiro, and can't help to wonder if he would have gotten this same chance were Salvio or Sulee healthy. Nevertheless, It's very noticeable that the youngster brings a vitamin injection to this team, will the veterans follow him and get this team back on the right track? Only time will tell.
Next up we look ahead to this Friday's game against Academica in Coimbra. Against a mid table team, who often has the knack to surprise us, we will have to be cautious not to look past this the game, as that can be detrimental to any aspirations we may have to close down the distance to first place.
To close off the pod we look ahead to this upcoming Tuesday's game in Greece against Olympiakos. If you don't' know how crucial this game is for Benfica, I recommend you check out Marco's latest Blog post , Marco breaks down the ramifications of a less than favorable result for Benfica. We talk about JJ's approach to the game as well as Olympiakos' in this must win game for Benfica.
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In this episode....
We open up the pod by discussing Benfica's first game of this year's Portuguese Cup. The team made it's way up north by train, and to a lot fans' surprise the majority of the players on the game roster were B teamers. We break down the game, talk about some of the players that stood out, and look ahead to next round, which will be at home against Sporting.
Next up, we turned our attention to Benfica's matchday 3 of the Champions League. A decisive game, contrary to what JJ may say, where Benfica needed to get the 3 points. A horrible sub par first half, and a water logged pitch in the second half, ended up complicating things for Benfica, who was only able to get a point from the fixture, and will now need to get the 3 points in Greece. We breakdown tactics, we talk a little more about JJ, and we look ahead to what needs to be done in order to get to the next round. Which if Benfica continues to play they have, doesn't look too much of a reality.
Lastly, we breakdown this weekend's game against Nacional da Madeira. The Alvi-Negros are one point behind Benfica, and after what we have seen from Benfica this season it will turn out to be another hard game. Benfica will need to take advantage of the fixture however, as Sporting will travel to porto to face the dragays, in a game where at least one of them will give up points.
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With no game this past weekend, we get right into the previews.. First up, Benfica's first game in the Portuguese Cup against Cinfaes. Cinfaes who is in Portugal's third tier, will host Benfica. We look at the Town of Cinfaes with a little bit of history, and we speculate on the 11 JJ will field.
In the second half of the pod, we turn our attention to Benfica's third game of the Champions League, as Benfica will host Greek side Olympiakos. Roberto, Saviola, Paulo Machado all have ties to Benfica, as does Fejsa, as he arrived at Benfica from Olympiakos.
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In this week's episode....
We get things underway with our recap of the PSG game. A poor performance against a millionaire PSG team, who didn't really have to press on the accelerator too much to give us problems.Our performance in Europe's biggest competition was just a continuation of what we have been doing this season - no ambition, no pace, no ideas, not much of anything.
In the second half of the pod, we look back at the Estoril game. A tough game, where we were able to come out with the 3 points, but not without being pushed against the wall by a 10 men Estoril team.
Lastly we talk about the team's issues, JJ's situation and possible scenarios were he to depart.
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In this Week's Episode......
We open up the pod by looking back at the miserable showing by Benfica this past weekend, at home against the penultimate Belenenses. If you are one to find excuses in the officiating, we are not, as a major session of JJ ripping ensues. We also look at Matic's new role, and Markovic's handcuffs.
In the second half of the pod, Steve gives us an in depth look at PSG. Tactics, personnel, key players, and what Benfica needs to do not to get embarrassed, we have it all for you, don't miss out on this great preview.
lastly, we look ahead to this weekend's fixture where Benfica will have a very hard away game against a consistent Estoril, who has yet to lose at home.
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