In the preview conference for the match against Braga (Friday, 21.15 hours), Roger Schmidt did not want to open the game about possible departures from the squad and is calm with the restart of the championship. The German coach also left words of appreciation for Enzo Fernández and Otamendi.
“I won’t reveal if Enzo and Otamendi are playing, but they’re both doing very well after winning the World Cup. But they went all the way, they’re in rhythm and it’s expectable that they can play for Benfica tomorrow. I’m proud of their achievement It’s a good sign for us that they did well in the World Cup, but now they’re focused on Benfica. Until January we’re safe, nobody leaves. Then we’ll see what happens”, said the Benfica coach.
As for the possible renewals of Grimaldo and Otamendi, Schmidt is calm, revealing that the club is already working in that direction.
” I hope that Otamendi and Grimaldo renew for the club, because they are key players for us and they are having a great season. Not only in sporting terms, but also in terms of attitude. The club is working to reach an understanding with both “, said.
As for the restart of the League, after the break for the World Cup, the coach of the eagles is excited about the return and expects a difficult game with Braga.
“We are happy to start again, we are in a good rhythm but we know that Braga are having a good season so it is a good game to start again. We want to show that we are ready and return to what we already did. This was not a normal World Cup because it took place midway through the season. This will be a big challenge for the players who have to be ready for the restart,” explained Roger Schmidt.
As for tomorrow’s opponent, the biggest concerns relate to the offensive quality of Artur Jorge’s team. “Braga are a very good team offensively and have a clear idea of how they want to play. We have to be careful, defend well and remember that we are capable of playing attacking football, without neglecting the defensive part”.
Despite the doubts about the eleven that Roger Schmidt will present, the only certainty is that everyone is available, with the exception of David Neres, out due to injury.