Wednesday April 30 2014
Jesus: Benfica must score

Benfica Coach Jorge Jesus is convinced his side will have to score an away goal if they are to secure a place in the Europa League final.

The Portuguese outfit are in Turin for the second leg of their semi-final against Juventus and hold a 2-1 advantage from last week’s first encounter.

“We firmly believe we must score,” Jesus said at his pre match Press conference. “We have players who can help us to do that.

“Thanks to their great characteristics and technical qualities, we can think about playing an offensive game.

“Juventus know how good Benfica’s attack is. Juventus’ tactics are tactics that we are not used to playing against, so we are obliged to come up with different ways to stop them.

“We know that we face a tough match. Benfica have the advantage having won the first match, but we will not change who we are.

“Whether we are going to try to score doesn’t depend on what we set out to do at the start of the match. It depends on the circumstances that occur during the match.

“Juventus, to get here, have shown they are an excellent team, but we will approach them how we approach all our big matches.”

The tactician also refused to be drawn on comments from within his own club that UEFA would like to see Juve progress to the final at his team’s expense.

“At this moment the most important thing is to concentrate on the match. I as Coach and the players are not interested in that.

“I understand the question, but I think the comments were just a diversion to ease the tension on the eve of the match.”

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