The Eagles coach valued the “excellent match”, but did not hide his displeasure at seeing the superiority: “In the second half, we were not that strong.”
Jorge Jesus did not like to see Benfica give up two advantage of two goals, this Wednesday, against V. Guimarães (3-3), in the League Cup match, but shared the Eagles’ disadvantage with the opponent’s advantage, praising the “wonderful game”.
“That’s playing football, what he did in Guimarães and Benfica. There weren’t any players going down, Benfica winning didn’t. That’s what the fans loved, that’s what’s cool. It was an excellent match for them,” Jorge Jesus said after the match. “Those who saw it, now when you score three goals you have to leave here with a win like we did in the league.”
The Benfica coach admitted the team’s performance declined after the break.
“It is true that Benfica winning 2-0 or 3-1, regardless of the opponent, cannot allow themselves a draw because Benfica’s defensive content is very strong, but it is also true that Guimarães has some advantages. In the second half, we were a ‘strong team as we were’ At first, which is normal, with players who did not play as much.
Finally, Jorge Jesus confirmed the fact that the Eagles rely only on themselves to advance to the League Cup semi-finals.
“The important thing is that we still have a word to say. Benfica is now just relying on the match against Cofelha. If we had won we would have practically guaranteed the ‘last four’, we couldn’t, but we still had a chance,” he added.
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