Giuseppe Galderisi has given his opinion on tonight’s Europa League semi-final first leg between Benfica and Juventus.
The 51-year-old began his playing career at the Old Lady and is now coaching Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Olhanense.
His current side were on the wrong end of a 2-0 League defeat to Jorge Jesus’ team on Sunday, a result which clinched the title for Juve’s opponents this evening.
“I am convinced it will be a great match between two teams in great form,” Galderisi told TuttoJuve. “Benfica have just won the Portuguese League and are also on course for the Portuguese Cup.
“They are having a fantastic season and are playing an excellent brand of football. They haven’t lost at home all season and they haven’t conceded a goal since the middle of the season!
“We held them for 60 minutes on Sunday but unfortunately the game changed with two incidents. They deserved it though.
“You could even say that this semi-final against Juventus could be a very good Champions League semi-final.
“Juve should be worried about Benfica as a collective unit. They always play with great intent and they score goals with ease.
“However, they throw a lot of players forward to create chances and they can leave space for the opposition. Juve could take advantage of that on the counter-attack.”
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