Jorge De Castro
After our last match against Sunderland, I saw a few fellow kopites really excited and talking about we’ll have no problem against our Europa League rivals Benfica. But do kopites know who is Benfica?
My family is from Portugal and almost all of them are Benfica supporters so I quite know this club. Benfica is the most succesfull club in Portugal, with 31 league titles, 24 Portuguese Cups and 2 European cups. yeah they’ve been struggling in recent years with Porto but this year the have a great team, full of talent and youth along side with some experimented men.
The won the League Cup already, they’re in the final of another domestic cup (sorry for dont know which one), and they’re leading the league comfortably with Porto 11 point behind in third place.
Players to be aware of:
Both brazilian center-backs, David Luiz and Luisao. The first one is really young but Real Madrid almost sign him this winter as the new Pepe so the kid must have something. Luisao is their captain, he’s solid rock and has a place in Brazil’s starting 11 for the world cup. Both of them can score goals, remenber our last clash against them at Estadio Da Luz, was Luisao who scored the winner for them.
Yes, they dont have Simao anymore but they have brought southamerican power!
First Pablo “el payasito” (the little clown) Aimar. Rafa really knows this player, he was he’s key player when he was at Valencia and won La Liga and UEFA Cup, he even score a beautiful goal against Liverpool (Antoine posted the video a few weeks ago). He’s a really clever player, really dangerous! He was at top when he was at Valencia, then he went to Real Zaragoza and his carrer seemed to be over but Benfica signed him and he has come back to life in a outstanding form. He recently got calls for Argentina national squad.
Maxi Pereira, this right back from Uruguay is very talented, he goes to attack really well and has powerfull shot! I hope whoever is gonna play in our left wing takes adavantage of his attacking displays.
Ramirez, this brazilian defensive midfielder has done great for Benfica this season, a few clubs are targeting him for the next season. He was in the starting 11 of Brazil in the Confederations Cup and he has prove that he can score goals.
Javier “el conejito” (the little bunny) Saviola, former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker, he started slow at Portugal but know he’s been on fire! Fans love him and he loves the club, as Aimar he’s been on the eye for Maradona but it seems hard to get a call with the competition of Tevez, Messi, Higuain,Aguero and Milito. Anyway the lad is really fast and dangerous, it’ll be hard for Carra to keep an eye on him. He has scored 11 goals so far
Cardozo, this striker from Paraguay is a beast! He has a cannon on his left goot, he’s Benfica’s top scorer this season, a very complete player, really tall but he knows how to move between lines. He has scored 19 goals so far
Angel Di Maria, probably their best player, this wonder winger wizard is the target of a lot of european clubs, as Real Madrid, Barcelona, the scum, us (but sadly we cant compete with those clubs). The guy is simply incredible! He has earned a place in Argentina’s starting 11 for thw world cup. He won a U21 world cup along side with Messi and Agüero. He’ll be a nightmare for Insua or Johnson, we cant leave any space or we’re done he’s driblin and power shots are just incredible.
Javi Garcia, this spanish midfielder was left out for Real Madrid and Benfica saw a gem! He’s been catalogued as the best signing of the season in Portuguese League, he makes the transition from defense to attack but he has scored a few goals this season (he’s like their Xabi).
So I think Liverpool we’ll go through but it’ll be a really hard match, both away and home.
Dont kill me for saying this but I think Rafa will start with Lucas tomorrow and I dont blame him, they’re fast, the style is similar as Barcelona so we have to destroy their game, and after all Lucas has done great games this season, like United at home, or at Villa Park or recently against Lille so trusth the lad please! He has improved a lot since last season
Well as I said, we’ll go through but it wont be easy at all.
YNWA from Venezuela
Jorge De Castro