In this week’s episode…
Benfica travelled to turkey to face Fenerbahce in the first leg of the Europa League semi, and were fortunate enough to come out with a 1-0 deficit. A Couple gambles by JJ, and a miscalculated game plan was perhaps the reason behind one of Benfica’s worst showings of the season. We discuss the option to use Aimar from the start, a static center forward, and some of the tactical aspects of the game.
In our second recap, we turn our attention to the critical and decisive game in Madeira where Benfica faced Maritimo. An early goal followed by an attack of narcolepsy, sent Benfica into the half tied at 1. It was a good thing JJ had some smelling salts in his gum packet, as the team came out of the locker room completely transfigured, and took control of the game. Benfica grabbed the go ahead goal, albeit an own goal, but entirely deserved as Benfica clears a major hurdle in its quest to the title.
In the second segment, Neil profiles Rodrigo. Did you know Rodrigo holds the record for the most goals scored by a player for Spain’s National Youth teams? Neil breaks it down.
In the final segment we look ahead to the second leg of the Europa League Semifinal this coming Thursday. Sure there was a lot of talk about the hell in Istanbul, but nothing will compare to what awaits the Turks at Estadio da Luz this Thursday. A packed house, perfect sync between the team and the fans, title within grasp, and Europa League final on the horizon will combine for an unforgettable night where the team will be elevated to new highs.
In our second preview, we look ahead to Monday’s game against Estoril, also at Estadio da Luz, where Benfica can clinch the championship, with a win, and a porto loss.
On one final note, we weigh in on Joao Gabriel’s presser. Benfica’s director of communication came forth this past Tuesday with clear cut proof that, despite the accusations, Benfica is not being favored by the officials, contrary to the team up north, who has had plenty of non-calls, and has yet to see a penalty called against them. He also addresses the double standard by the media when handling Benfica.
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