04 August 2022, 15h13
What do you expect from the match against Arouca at Estádio da Luz? How important is it to start the League well?
We will play at home. Tuesday's game was good preparation for tomorrow [Friday]. When we play at home, we want to control the game and put pressure on the opponent. The challenge is to be vigilant about tactical positioning and to be prepared for transitions and counterattacks. We are prepared for this; we talk a lot about these issues because they are crucial. Tomorrow [Friday] is the first of 34 steps, and we want to take a good first step. We want to play attacking football from the outset, to win the match. We hope to score many goals, win many matches to achieve many points, and win trophies. Playing at home, the goal must always be to win.
"We hope to score many goals and win many matches to achieve many points"
Roger Schmidt, Benfica coach
It is your first match in the Portuguese League. What do you expect from the Championship? Who is the favorite to win the title?
I am excited to get to know the league. I have some experience in various leagues abroad. In Germany, I also coached several teams. Every league has its characteristics and culture, and I am excited to see the opponent, their approach, if they are brave. We also have to find solutions to counteract our opponent's tactics. As for the favorite... It's up to you [journalists] to say who the favorites are. We are Benfica and have everything needed to fight for the title. Tomorrow [Friday], we want to take the first step.
What do you think about Florentino? He wasn't at Benfica last season and now he's been a starter in the midfield...
From the beginning of the pre-season, he impressed me with his attitude and quality. He was very focused. I saw a lot of motivation to play at Benfica and he is happy. He seized the opportunity. He was, for me, one of the players who showed a lot of quality in this pre-season. He knows what he has to do in this position [defensive midfielder], which is not easy. He is important for possession and for applying pressure when we lose the ball. He has to be a very complete player and he set a good example. He is a good player for Benfica, I am pleased with him.
League Cup: record attendance for Estádio da Luz in the group stage
The Benfica-Penafiel match (2-0), from gameweek 2 of group C, welcomed 43 263 spectators, a record attendance in the group stage of the League Cup at Estádio da Luz and the second best record ever in the competition's matches at the Cathedral. The biggest crowd was in 2010/11, in the semifinal against Sporting, where there were more than 49 thousand spectators in the stands.
The images of the Benfica-Penafiel match
Benfica hosted and beat Penafiel by 2-0 At Estádio da Luz, on matchday 2 of group C of the League Cup. Gilberto and Neres scored the goals. See the 50 best photos from this important triumph.
Benfica-Penafiel: match highlights (2-0)
Benfica-Penafiel, game of matchday 2 of group C of the League Cup, at Estádio da Luz. The reds won by 2-0, with the goals being scored by Gilberto and Neres.
SL Benfica-FC Penafiel: 57' goal from Neres (2-0)
2-0. GOAL! BENFICA! NERES! Musa breaks away with the ball between four defenders, but it is Rafa who takes the shot. Caio Secco saves, but Neres is the quickest to attack the ball to make the rebound and shoot with his left foot to the back of the net.
SL Benfica-FC Penafiel: 55' goal from Gilberto (1-0)
1-0. GOAL! BENFICA! GILBERTO! Grimaldo moves forward with the ball on the left, breaks through, enters the box, gains a few more meters, but can't get the shot. The ball goes to Musa, who shoots but Caio Secco saves. On the rebound, Gilberto shoots with his right foot in the box and scores!
Training the Benfica way in Japan
Benfica continues to nurture talent around the world. The Club takes the brand, the training methodology, and the experience that has been so successful internationally to various places on the planet, transmitting its values to young people who love football and want to succeed in the sport. Tokyo and Osaka, in Japan, are no exceptions, with the existence of Camp Benfica, which has dozens of athletes, who are under the tutelage of coaches Mário Patrício and Davide Gomes.