*With Alexandre Sequeira Ribeiro
“The Azores are eight islands and a theme park.” In Terceira, an island in constant turmoil, Benfica began their cup celebration.
In the race that has been running since the 2016/2017 season, the draw wanted the Eagles to fly to Angra do Heroismo, the only city that has been the capital of the country twice. After two wins in two trips to the third island to be discovered in the Azores (both against Angrense, the biggest rival of the Greens – 2-0, in 1959/60, and 6-1, in 1966/67), the Reds will achieve neither by the way in search of the third.
On the home side, the audit is done. Hey Zero zero He is on the island of Terceira and has spent the last few days getting to know the club, the history and the team. included, here There is an article dedicated exclusively to the way Ricardo Pessoa’s men play.
In addition to the desire to play positive football, In the previewThe coach responded with a firm “never” when asked about a potential return against the Reds’ powerhouse. Therefore, in the usual 4-3-3, one can expect Lusitania in its own image, trying to play head-to-head.
The start of the season has not been great, but Lusitania seems to have got the right rhythm and is already “dancing” to the right beat. With four wins in their last five matches, they occupy first place in Series C of the Portuguese Championship.
With one An important match in the middle of next week Necessary to keep the millionaire dream alive, the illustrious visitors must make several changes at the João Paulo II Stadium. Di Maria, Bah, Coco, Otamendi, Tropin and Neres are the victims of the match, as confirmed by Roger Schmidt In the preview.
However, there is evil that comes with good. The absence of the usual stars is the perfect opportunity for the second lines to prove their worth. In this part, despite the almost impossible task of guessing Schmidt’s selections, players such as Tiago Gouveia, Tomás Araújo, Samuel Soares and Gonçalo Guedes can be called into play.
The last paragraph, in normal circumstances, would be dedicated to the likely outcome of the match, a kind of prediction followed by a brief justification. However, in this case, the result is probably the least important. It is a historic daynot just for the club, but also for a city, an island and a region that is sometimes innocently forgotten. It’s a day to make dreams come trueone of the first meetings between lifelong fans and world football stars. It’s cup dayIt’s a day of celebration. Yes, this is the most important thing.
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