This Friday, Roger Schmidt previews the sport in opposition to Santa Clara, scheduled for tomorrow, 6 p.m., match day 17 within the Azores.
What do you anticipate from this match in opposition to Santa Clara?
“I anticipate a tricky sport, I’ll play in opposition to the Azores for the primary time, they are going to be taking part in at dwelling, they’ve modified coaches, which frequently has a optimistic impact. It is usually a shock for the opponent. , we’ve to be prepared. We have been taking part in properly for the previous couple of weeks, we Trained properly, we expect we’re prepared. The gamers are desirous to get into their rhythm and we will combat. Three factors.”
Does signing Gonzalo Guedes provide you with extra complications when deciding on gamers for assault?
“I like this type of headache. Before the switch window begins, there could also be an opportunity to enhance the crew. We misplaced some gamers, Rodrigo and Diogo, they wished to go away, we misplaced Helton as a result of he needs to be the No. 1 goalkeeper. And yesterday we gave Henrique Araujo the inexperienced gentle to go. given the torch as a result of it is a good likelihood for him to go to the championship. Araujo comes again in the summertime. Some gamers left however we’ve to switch them, have a powerful crew. Casper and Andreas got here, they’re right here after 6 weeks, we have to play excessive depth soccer It takes time to have the opportunity and with Gonzalo Guedes should you hardly ever get that form of alternative within the winter. It’s nice, it comes from the youth of Benfica, it is performed in 3 prime golf equipment and it is nice to get 6 months on this window. It’s a chance that We can’t deny. I’m very completely happy, the shovel is able to play now, however in fact he has to get used to his teammates, however he is aware of Benfica”.
Why did you cease hiring Hugo Souza? Would you wager on Samuel Soares and Andre Gomes?
“Helton wished to go away, he wished to go to Turkey to play extra. He will not be solely man but additionally goalkeeper, too good to be second. The formation of Benfica, we’ve three glorious goalkeepers and we’ve to belief them. , them Give them an opportunity to develop, to develop. That’s why we gave them an opportunity to be No. 2 and No. 3. We belief them each, they’ve made impression on me in coaching, the goalkeeper coach helps us and served us when it comes to what we’re good at. With the goalkeepers we’ve for the time being We’ll transfer on.”
Will Gonçalo Guedes play tomorrow? What offensive place are you planning to place him in sooner or later?
“This is a call that I’ll take later. He is in form to play, he’s bodily prepared. We nonetheless have coaching and I’ll solely decide later. About the place, in our system a central striker and a second, the place Rafa is taking part in, I feel he’s ‘ Can play in each half 10’s. He is versatile and can play in all attacking positions.
With the arrival of Gonçalo Guedes, is Draxler turning into much less of an possibility?
“It’s not simply me who decides who performs, however the gamers too. We have plenty of good gamers and this must be motivating for them. We wished extra options. We have plenty of video games within the coming weeks and we want all of them. I do not see any drawback. no
Support from Benfica followers within the Azores
“Yes, I heard that there may be a lot of followers there. We have performed video games with plenty of assist and it’s all the time a giant motivation for us. Tomorrow we are going to give everything to make them proud.”