Opinion: News and views from the Napoli camp

Benfica host Napoli at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, conscious that they could still finish first, second or third in Champions League Group B. Ahead of the crunch match, Patrick Kendrick spoke to Diego De Luca of Neapolitan radio station Radio Kiss Kiss, to get an insight into Napoli’s preparations.




Vitória: "The team did enough to get the three points"

Benfica met Marítimo on Friday on the beautiful island of Madeira, and fell to their first league defeat of the 2016/17 season, on Matchweek 12 of the competition. It was a day of celebration for the islanders as they inaugurated a new stand at the Estádio dos Barreiros and defeated the Tricampeões against the odds after 90 minutes played in the pouring rain.




Highlights: Marítimo 2 - 1 Benfica




Vitória does not expect repeat of Marítimo thrashing

Marítimo will be Benfica's opponents on Matchweek 12 of the Liga NOS. Before discussing the upcoming game in his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória offered his support to all of those affected by this week's Colombian air disaster, which claimed the lives of 71 people, including the vast majority of the Chapecoense first team.




Squad List: Marítimo x Benfica

Benfica will travel to Madeira without a natural left-back in their squad. Álex Grimaldo is still struggling with an abdominal problem, while Eliseu picked up a thigh strain in the win over Moreirense. André Almeida is expected to play the role in their absence.

André Horta (thigh) and Jonas (foot) remain sidelined, while Danilo has been overlooked.

The match at the newly-renovated Estádio dos Barreiros gets underway at 20:30 on Friday.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelof, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Celis and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Vitória: "We tired out the opposition"

Following a disappointing result in Istanbul last week, Benfica put together a solid performance against Moreirense on Sunday to seal a decisive 3-0 win. After a Saturday which saw Porto drop points to Belenenses and Sporting scrape past Boavista, the Eagles were able to recover from their midweek frustration to clinch the three points.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 0 Moreirense




Vitória wary of the 'new manager effect'

Benfica can cement their place at the top of the Liga NOS with a win over Moreirense at the Estádio da Luz on Sunday. The visitors replaced head coach "Pepa" with caretaker Leandro Mendes earlier this week, and Rui Vitória is wary of the galvanising effect that the managerial change could have on Benfica's opponents.




Squad List: Benfica x Moreirense

Rui Vitória has made two changes to his squad ahead of the visit of Moreirense for Matchday 11 of the Liga NOS. There is no place for Paulo Lopes, while Danilo comes in for Guillermo Celis.

Jonas has resumed light training but is still unavailable for selection, along with Álex Grimaldo and André Horta.

Benfica versus Moreirense kicks off at 18:00 Portuguese time at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelof, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Danilo, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raul, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Scout Report: Marcelo Hermes

If the Portuguese press are to be believed, Brazilian defender Marcelo Hermes has signed a pre-contract agreement with Benfica, and will join the club on a free transfer in January. But who exactly is he? Jordan Russell, Editor of The Fantasista, tells us more.




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