The defeat he suffered in the derby match with Sporting caused suffering, according to Benfica Vice President Jaime Antunes. However, the official said the team should move forward and respond in Wednesday’s match against Dynamo Kiev.
“We trust the team, we trust the professionalism of the players and we are sure that will happen next Wednesday. This is the strength that we must always pass on. The associational block of Benfica is fantastic, it is the best association block in the world, it is the block that is always with the team at times. The good and the bad, everywhere, and this is what we have to show: support the team. On Wednesday we are there, on a great European night, for Benfica to go forward in the Champions League”, he said, in comments to Antena 1, trying to put the derby defeat behind us:
“The defeat against Sporting was a fortuitous coincidence in Benfica’s way this season. Of course the partners and Benfica players are still suffering from this defeat, but our thoughts are already on Wednesday and our professional team will definitely give evidence of their professionalism and great potential and we are already looking forward because it is very important for us. Benfica. Do their job, win at home to be able to advance in the Champions League.”
Jaime Antunes also spoke about the fans’ challenge to Jorge Jesus, calling for calm: “It doesn’t make sense to discuss the season and I think our coach was very clear in the press conference when he said that. It doesn’t make sense, it was a game that went wrong and we moved on. The season has just started. And there is no point in speculating on anything. We have to look forward, go forward, win the next matches and show great ability and professionalism to the team. That is what we are waiting for.”
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