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Champions League: "In this stadium, everything is possible and we will fight for the three points", swears Schmidt before Benfica-PSG


The German coach of Benfica and his young (21) Argentinian midfielder Enzo Fernandez took stock on the eve of the match against PSG in C1.

Ingredients to beat PSG

Roger Schmidt (Benfica Lisbon coach)

: “

We are going to need to be balanced, because we are facing a team that not only has great individuality, but also collective qualities.

We will have to stand up to them in defence, in the middle, in attack and also in possession of the ball if we want to win.

We are confident, at home, in a big stadium, we have our chances.


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Enzo Fernandez (Benfica Lisbon midfielder)

: “

It's a great match tomorrow, 50/50.

We will have to show our qualities on the lawn to win the match.

We will need concentration, willpower, to believe in ourselves.

We form an incredible group, there is a positive energy.

We have to win in front of our home crowd.

The favorites may be PSG, but we will apply our game plan and do our best to get the win.


Settle for a draw?

Enzo Fernandez

: “

No, we want to win and we are going to prepare the match in the best possible way to get there.

I think it will be more difficult than against Juventus.

We will need more confidence but we will fight for the three points, which would be very important.


Roger Schmidt

: “

The result of this meeting will not be decisive.

Of course, we are in a good position with two victories.

Nevertheless, there are four games left and our opponents are tough.

Every encounter is an opportunity to take advantage.


Strengthen the defense against the Parisian attacking trio?

Roger Schmidt

: “

You always have to adapt to the opponent, but I think there's no point in strengthening the defensive line.

I think the key will be to be technically very good, to avoid one-on-one situations and to minimize spaces by supporting each other.


Great motivation for this game?

Roger Schmidt

: “

For these kind of matches, the motivation is already there, I don't need to motivate my players, they do it alone.

We must use this extra motivation to our advantage to play a top game.

In this stadium, this atmosphere, against one of the best teams in the world, anything is possible and we will fight for the three points.


Statements taken at a press conference

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-10-04

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