Statements after the Benfica-Vitória de Guimarães sport (1-1, 4-1 within the penalty shootout), of the quarter-finals of the Soccer League Cup, held on Wednesday at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon:
João Henriques (Vitória SC coach): “Strategically, the workforce did very properly. Within the defensive course of, it was exemplary. Our goalkeeper made three saves and none of them are extraordinary. The opposing goalkeeper suffered a purpose and made two saves. In framed pictures, possibly we’re the identical.
Benfica had extra alternatives, extra possession, however that was allowed by us. We scored early, allowed us to have the sort of strategy. Some bitterness as a result of we did not get the ticket, however we gained one thing extra from coming right here to play this sport and being, within the 83rd minute, profitable.
The workforce was supportive and managed to beat all of the adversities that appeared within the final days. We left with a broader horizon for what shall be completely the championship, consolidate our place and search for.
Penalties have been skilled this morning. These have been the batters most able to taking the primary 5 penalties. Sadly, André [Almeida] hit the submit within the first, Poha, within the third, additionally failed to attain, however has completely no affect. The choice of penalties, in itself, is already an element of nice nervousness, however the gamers are used to this. I do not criticize any participant when he has a technical error, as a result of he does not do it on function. So long as you might be tactically centered, issues will come out. Be it Poha or André, there isn’t any downside, I rely on them anyway, they’re two Vitória gamers with high quality and future. ”
Jorge Jesus (Benfica coach): “We did not want to achieve the penalties to move the tie, so we did it within the 90 minutes. We performed virtually inside Vitória’s midfield, we pressured Vitória to play behind. The energy of Benfica’s offensive soccer could be very nice, it forces all groups to play nearly all the time inside their massive space, the place there are 18, 19 gamers. The house is lowered, however the Benfica workforce has a manner of taking part in in a top quality positional assault with little house.
It was a very good sport, relying on the second and the way in which we needed to play within the resolution zone, the place to get there you want magic and high quality. We had moments the place we might have scored.
Some say it’s a lottery, however it’s a lie. Penalties are high quality, those that rating extra are higher. Scoring a penalty is just not luck, it’s high quality. Whoever defends a penalty is high quality.
Within the first half, our two forwards, Luca [Waldschmidt] and Darwin, have been taking part in far-off from one another. Our central hall didn’t work. The left facet nonetheless managed to create some runner conditions, the best facet didn’t. I knew that the entry of Seferovic, a participant with energy within the space, required to have extra ball within the middle aisle, and wanted a participant who received extra ball in the best aisle, Gilberto did it very properly.
Benfica scored a purpose, however had ‘n’ alternatives to tie earlier than. Benfica was not fortunate to achieve equality, quite the opposite. Benfica ought to have arrived at 90 minutes with the tie resolved. Benfica gamers rating penalties very properly and I used to be assured, however I did not need that to occur. Within the substitutions I made, I used to be all the time placing the workforce extra in danger in order that we would not go to the penalties. ”
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