Benfica’s coach, Roger Schmidt, considered the triumph “important” and that the red team is “one game closer” to winning the title. In the press conference room, he thanked Sérgio Conceição.
“It was an important victory after a difficult game. We already knew that Rio Ave were a complicated team, especially at home. They had several opportunities to score in the first half. After the break we scored and we had to defend in difficult moments, but that’s part of it. of football and today we showed that we also managed to win by 1-0. Rio Ave has quality and tall players, who are dangerous in set pieces. Today we had to fight, defend and show attitude”, began by saying Roger Schmidt, explaining the absence of Florentino from the starting lineup.
“He has four yellow cards and we don’t have many options. Today he was out for most of the game but he was able to help. That was the decision. Another step towards the title? We are one game closer”, he concluded.
At the press conference, the coach left a thank you to Sérgio Conceição for the praise he paid to the red team, when he said that Benfica “congratulations on their path in the League and in the Champions League”.
“I hadn’t heard of it, to be honest. But if he says positive things, we appreciate it. He’s a very experienced coach and he knows how difficult the Champions League is, in which they also played very well. well in European competitions. Thank you for your comment”, added Schmidt.
Benfica won (1-0), this Sunday, in Vila do Conde, against Rio Ave in a game counting for the 26th round of the League. Gonçalo Ramos scored the goal for the reds. With this result, the red club leads the championship with 71 points, 12 more than Braga and 13 than FC Porto, which this Sunday receives Portimonense. Rio Ave is ranked tenth, with 33 points.