The Benfica Travels to the Azores on the finish of the first lap of bwin league. At the Estádio de São Miguel, Santa Clara host the Reds on matchday 17 of the match, Saturday, January 21, at 6:00 p.m. continental (5:00 p.m. native). Coach Roger Schmidt In what he anticipated to be a “powerful” match, “the gamers acquired again into their rhythm” and revealed that the followers had the help to “combat for the three factors”.
in Press convention At the Benfica campus, the coach emphasised this Rival coaches change and the implications thereof; Addressed those that got here Gonçalo Guedes, Casper Tegstedt and Andreas Schjelderup; And Clarified some departures.
What do you count on from the match in opposition to Santa Clara?
I count on a troublesome recreation. This is my first time enjoying within the Azores. Playing at house is a bonus for them, they modified coaches and it has constructive outcomes. The gamers have extra stress, they’ll have a brand new method to soccer and so they can shock the opponent in these moments. We need to be prepared for this recreation. We’ve had some good video games over the previous few weeks, coaching was good this week, the gamers are again on their toes and we’re trying ahead to enjoying tomorrow. [sábado] And to combat for 3 factors.
For the match in opposition to Santa Clara, do you count on the help from the followers within the Azores to make the workforce really feel like enjoying at house?
I’ve already heard that we are going to most likely have quite a lot of Benfica followers on the recreation. It’s very good. We have had nice help from Benfiquistas in our away video games. We consider in them and it’s a good motivation for us to have the ability to play at a excessive degree. They come to the stadium to observe good soccer and see Benfica win. It is a superb inspiration and we’re pleased with them.
“[Os adeptos] They come to the stadium to see good soccer and Benfica win. It’s a terrific inspiration and we need to make them proud.”
Can you inform us concerning the appointment of Gonçalo Guedes after Casper Tengstedt and Schjelderup? Can it’s a headache to decide on the eleventh?
This is my favourite sort of headache. I already mentioned that this switch window may have a possibility to enhance the squad. We misplaced some gamers: Rodrigo [Pinho] And Diogo [Gonçalves]. They wished to depart for just a few extra minutes; We misplaced Helton, as a result of he wished to play and be the primary goalkeeper. And we authorised the discharge of Henrique Araujo as a result of, for him, having the ability to play within the championship is a superb alternative. He is a superb expertise, we consider in him, however in the meanwhile he was not enjoying. Gonzalo Ramos is the striker and is doing nicely. We gave Henrik this chance and he returned in the summertime. Some gamers left and now we have to interchange them for a robust workforce. Two younger gamers from Scandinavia, Kasper [Tengstedt] And Andreas [Schjelderup]. They come after a six-week break and we want time to arrange for them, to be in good bodily situation. Gonçalo Guedes? You not often get these alternatives on this winter window. He is a superb participant, skilled at Benfica, performed for 3 prime golf equipment. It’s nice to have him right here for six months. We can not deny this chance if the participant desires it. He is able to play, however he must regulate to his new teammates, which will likely be straightforward. I’ve already met him, he’s completely satisfied to be again and I sit up for working with him. In quick: we’re very targeted on our video games, we need to win them and get factors, however on the identical time, we’re making the most of this window to enhance our workforce.
Still on Goncalo Guedes, he’s going to the Azores with the workforce and will play tomorrow [sábado]? In what place are you planning to make use of it?
This determination [quem vai a jogo com o Santa Clara] I’ll take it up later after coaching and speaking to the gamers. About the workforce that may play tomorrow [sábado], as I mentioned, he’s ready from a bodily viewpoint. We have yet another coaching and we’ll determine quickly. In our system, with just one centre-forward, he can play as a second striker, a place during which Rafa is enjoying quite a bit, or as a quantity 10. He is versatile and may play each positions, the so-called middle-10, as I name you, in entrance of the assault.
“We want extra choices and the next high quality. We have quite a lot of video games within the coming weeks and we want all of the gamers.”
With Helton gone, will goalkeepers Samuel Soares and Andre Gomes maintain you protected for the remainder of the season?
Helton wished to give up, and he acquired the prospect. He is a improbable particular person and a terrific goalkeeper, too good to return second. We determined how you can deal with the scenario. We consider in our younger goalkeepers, Samuel Soares and Andre Gomes, they’re excellent younger males and now we have to consider in them. We need to give them the prospect to evolve with the primary workforce, that are numbers two and three. A mishap may occur and so they must be able to take possession of Benfica’s aim. I’ve a great impression of him in coaching and the goalkeeping coach trusts him. We aren’t searching for extra goalkeepers, we’ll maintain these three till the top of the season.
With Gonçalo Guedes and Schjelderup In the workforce, is Draxler a lesser possibility?
do not do The determination to know who performs will not be solely mine but additionally the gamers’. Now now we have a aggressive group, excellent gamers and that needs to be a great motivation for them to get to the highest degree. That’s what we wish, extra choices and better high quality. We have many video games within the coming weeks and we want all of the gamers. I do not see any drawback.