This Sunday, Benfica coach Jorge Jesus made a different preview of the game than usual. The club decided not to face the coach in front of the press ahead of the game with Rio Ave that Monday (7pm, BTV) and only hosted a conference in the presence of the official Benfica broadcaster.
The reason, explained the “red” emblem, is that there is no redundancy of public intervention, as the President, Luís Filipe Vieira, will give an interview this Sunday – also for BTV. “As the president’s interview on the club’s current moment had been announced for several days, it would not make sense for Jorge Jesus to be present for a detailed discussion with the media three hours beforehand,” said Benfica on the official website.
In response to questions from the club’s official broadcaster, Jorge Jesus took on the crisis scenario but returned, arguing that the “red” team is improving despite the poor results.
“We have shown some signs of improvement and I hope they can be confirmed against Rio Ave,” he said, realizing that the team is in crisis: “We know we are in a difficult moment, but we are ready to try. ” to overcome this crisis of results. Great players and great coaches are built during difficult times. “We need a win and we know we have to play well to have it,” he concluded, referring to the current state of the team.
About the opponent, Jesus praised the ability of the northern team in the offensive crossings. “With the arrival of Miguel Cardoso, the idea and the game model of Rio Ave changed a lot. And they have a very strong counterattack with players I know well because I was their coach,” said the Benfica coach, referring to Carlos Mané and Gelson Dala, players he coached at Sporting.