At risk of seeing 40 million flies
Benfica’s current third-place finish guarantees, at the end of the tournament, the third qualifying round of reaching the UEFA Champions League, and it is not synonymous with financial inclusion. Benfica’s recent competition experience is proof of this. The Jorge Jesus Eagles were on their way in the first qualifying match for the group stage of the Champions League and failed to absorb about 40 million euros, an amount guaranteed only with the best in Europe.
Ensuring that Benfica finishes at least second place (giving direct access to the champions) is of great importance to Benfica. In the face of the damages of the epidemic, and after you missed this goal already at the beginning of the current season, being in the Millionaire League is inevitable. But when there are seven matches left, not even third place is safe. S. Braga tied with Rio Ave and was two points away from the Eagles. The two teams are no longer facing each other, but Benfica still plays in Luz with Sporting (1st) and Porto (2nd).
Benfica’s worst for Jesus
The defeat to Gil Vicente cemented the poor season in the league. It is necessary to go back to 2008/09 to find a record worse in deadlines with 27 matches. Trained by Koike Flores, Benfica have scored 52 points, compared to 57 currently. Jesus’ worst record was 2010/11 (58 points).
Wolves Eye Lag
The British press has cited Bruno Lage, who is still paid by Benfica, as a possible successor to Nuno Esprito Santo, who might leave Wolverhampton and take Tottenham behind Jose Mourinho.
Hilton moved away from Bento
Helton Leite scored 715 minutes in a row without conceding a goal (Liotti broke the record in the 35th minute from Benfica-Gil Vicente), and is still a distance of 1065 from Pinto, the record holder of sanctity in the history of the red goal.