Wednesday April 23 2014
Rodrigo: Humility against Juve

Benfica forwards Rodrigo Machado and Rodrigo Lima have reflected on the task facing the Portuguese against Juventus this week.

The newly crowned Portuguese League champions face off against the Bianconeri in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday evening.

“Our main objective from the start of the season was to win the Portuguese League, which we were without since 2010,” Rodrigo is quoted as saying by Tuttosport this week.

“However, the Europa League offers further prestige - it will not be easy against Juventus, but this is a challenge to overcome.

“For us, the key word is humility, but with the help of the fans we can do it.”

Rodrigo’s strike partner Lima is equally aware of the challenge that success in Europe represents.

“I can say that this is the best moment I have experienced as a player. The title we have just won embodies the essence of Benfica, I am happy for everything, this club and its wonderful supporters.

“The Europa League, as we have seen, is a very tough competition, more demanding than last year, when we reached the final.

“And it is demonstrated in the names of the clubs still in the competition.”

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